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6 students honored in ‘Do The Right Thing’ ceremony

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Six students received plaques, applause and iPads Tuesday night for doing the right thing, a quarterly awards ceremony put on by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and local police and fire departments.

“All too often, people want to portray what our young people are doing wrong, and they don’t want to portray what they’re doing well,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.

The honorees represented a large cross-section of the CMS population, from a second-grader who donated school supplies to fellow students to a high school junior who alerted police about a robbery. The ceremony took place at Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte.

The “Do The Right Thing” honorees:

• Brendon Owens, a sixth-grader at Piedmont Middle School, reported two children he overheard talking about having a gun on the school bus. The previous day, he’d seen a video about school violence that highlighted the importance of speaking up.

• Dorian Foxx, a seventh-grader at Ranson Middle School, saw two broken windows at a neighbor’s house on his way to school and notified another neighbor, who called police.

“It was the right thing to do,” Foxx said.

• Briaunne Evans, a junior at Harding University High School, noticed two men sprinting away from a home with their hands full of goods. She had the police notified and gave a full statement to the responding police officers. As a result, the suspects were arrested and the apartment’s occupants got their property back.

• Avery Graham, a second-grader at Smithfield Elementary School, insisted that for her birthday classmates bring school supplies instead of presents. The teacher who nominated Avery said she is “always selfless in my classroom.”

• Nicholas and Maya Wolfson helped their mom after she had a medical emergency. Nicholas grabbed his mom’s cellphone and called his dad, and Maya stayed with her mom until first responders arrived.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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