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Students from Cape Coral among monthly Sheriff’s Office ‘Do The Right Thing’ winners

March 9, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Twenty-one students were honored Thursday by the Lee County Sheriff's Office during its monthly "Do The Right Thing" ceremony in the Board Room of the School Board of Lee County.

Each month throughout the 2017-2018 school year, the Sheriff's Office honors the positive actions of the Southwest Florida community's students through the "Do The Right Thing" student recognition program. The goal of "Do The Right Thing" is to reinforce positive behavior among youths and to establish students as role models for their peers. "Do The Right Thing" partners law enforcement, local government, the business and Lee County educational community together in an effort to make a lasting positive impact on our community's young adults.

Among the students honored were several from Cape Coral:

Madison Harder of Cape Coral

fifth grade

Hancock Creek Elementary School

Hancock Creek Elementary School bookkeeper Carmen Ocasio wrote that, "one afternoon, as she was leaving our after school program, she found some money on the ground. Madison did the right thing by turning the money in to school authorities. We are proud of her honesty and the choice she has made."

Emmerson Lowther of Cape Coral


Hancock Creek Elementary School

Hancock Creek Elementary School prevention specialist Dawn Engh wrote that, "while the school was hosting its family night with reading and math activities located throughout the campus, Emmerson found cash on the ground outside a classroom. Once found, Emmerson began to ask several people if the money belonged to them, but it did not. Emmerson turned the money in to the school office, with the hope that the owner would claim it."

Joden Thomas-Grote of Cape Coral

fifth grade

North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts

Mariner High School resource officer Deputy David Conley wrote that, "Joden observed activities that were improper and against school policy. He was able to document the infractions. He then immediately turned this information over to school administration officials and a school resource officer. Appropriate actions were then taken to address the infractions and remedy the situation. Joden was recognized last month, by the Cape Coral Police for these actions, and he should be considered for this award from the Lee County Sheriff's Office."

Mark 'Anthony' Essad of Cape Coral

fifth grade

Allen Park Elementary School.

Lee County Safety Department, Fire and Safety Coordinator Dorn Beddow wrote "Anthony is such a caring, giving child and full of life. He is a child who reaches out to help others and find ways to show them care and compassion. Before Christmas Anthony wanted badly to get involved in helping members of the United States Armed Forces. He became instrumental in getting his own financial funds together, at age 10, to purchase the many items to place in the stockings and send overseas to our soldiers. This was an unselfish act of a boy who sacrificed his own money to do this. He has also done a fantastic job in safety patrol at his school site and I can't compliment him enough."



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