FORT MYERS, Fla - The Fort Myers Police Department’s “Do the Right Thing” program is honoring six children Tuesday for their good deeds.
Captain Duke Perry is presenting awards to the following students at a ceremony in the City of Fort Myers Council Chambers.
Eleazar “Eli” Torres is a 3rd grader at Colonial Elementary School. Eli was nominated by three people for his efforts in collecting donations for the school team “The Floaters” who will be doing a vision walk for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Eli’s Mom said he has been collecting donations from neighbors, relatives, his parent’s work places and even going to his Mom’s Facebook page contacting her friends. He is also planning on having a lemonade stand at their garage sale. Eli is one of the vision students at Colonial Elementary so this cause has very special meaning to him. As of March 23 he had already raised $300.00.
Lloyd Ford is a 5th grader at Franklin Park Elementary School. Lloyd found a little boy who he did not know who appeared to be about 4 or 5 years of age riding his bicycle alone and trying to find his Mom who was in the school office at Fort Myers Middle. Lloyd knew the little boy should not be alone so he followed the little boy and brought him safely to the Fort Myers Middle School office.
Jalis Rodriguez is a 1st grader at Tanglewood Elementary School. Jalis is a leader in the classroom. She leads by example and is always the first ready to learn. Jalis is willing to lend a hand to her classmates, teachers and other students around the school. Jalis is polite, pleasant and an all around STAR student who always does her best to Do The Right Thing.
Sari Simon is a 2nd grader and Sander Simon is a 5th grader at Orangewood Elementary School. Sari and Simon showed extreme generosity and gratitude when they helped some fellow classmates. Just a few short weeks before Christmas, an Orangewood family’s home was burglarized. The children lost all their electronic devices, games and money. On top of that, the thieves stole all of the children’s Christmas presents. Sander and Sari gave from their hearts. They gave money they had just received as Hanukah gifts. They also purchased gifts and wrapped them for the children. They are excellent role models for not just peers but fir people of all ages.
Jace Jones is a 2nd grader at Tanglewood Elementary School. He is always willing to help his peers. Recently Jace noticed that every student in his class had met their Accelerated Reading goal for the quarter, with the exception of one student. Jace approached his teacher in the morning and quietly asked if he could take that one student to the back of the room to help the student with the reading assignments and then assist him in taking the tests. He told the teacher that he did not want the student to feel left out or be the only student to not receive an Accelerated Reading award. Jace is a very caring and honorable young man.
The purpose of the “Do the Right Thing” program is to reinforce positive actions among local youth. It is also designed to enhance relationships between local law enforcement members and school-aged children.