Ten students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were recently selected as winners in the first quarterly ceremony of the "Do the Right Thing" program, at Time Warner Cable Arena. These winners were nominated by teachers, principals, firefighters, police officers and members of the community:
Richard Grayson Allen, a sixth-grader at Mint Hill Middle who reported to an adult that another student had a knife on campus;
Diamond Burnell, a second-grader at Albemarle Road Elementary who assisted a special-needs student who fell and dropped his library books, papers and pencils;
Bill Chen, a sixth-grader at Alexander Middle who found $40 at school, turned it into the assistant principal, was offered the money back when no one claimed it but instead chose to donate the money to a Habitat for Humanity house that Alexander Middle is helping to build;
Alejandro Cortes-Barrera, a fifth-grader at River Gate Elementary who took responsibility for running into the school’s marquee and breaking the lock by writing a letter to the principal and offering to help repair the damage;
Joana Espinosa, a sixth-grader at Randolph Middle who provided information about students participating in inappropriate behavior;
Tyre Javon Flood, a seventh-grader at Piedmont Middle who filled out an emergency help sheet on behalf of a student who was facing circumstances at home that might have put him in danger;
Yordy Franco-Garcia, a first-grader at Albemarle Road Elementary who stopped a small child from running out into the dismissal traffic at school after he had broken away from a parent;
Jaylan Jojuan Holmes, a sixth-grader at Piedmont Middle who began attempting the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking, and with the help of a staff member was able to dislodge the food stuck in the student’s throat;
Jessie Morales, a fifth-grader at Blythe Elementary who loaned his jacket to an autistic child "buddy" on a chilly afternoon; and
Ashton Parsons, a fifth-grader at Berewick Elementary who sponsored a drive for U.S. military personnel overseas, went through her neighborhood to get donations, and collected money to buy items from families who didn’t have anything to donate.
Do the Right Thing is a nonprofit managed by CMS, the Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. It’s dedicated to recognizing and rewarding youths who demonstrate character and integrity.