Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Fire Department recognized 12 young people who showed character and integrity in difficult situations at the “Do the Right Thing” ceremony earlier this month. They are:
Emma Barton, 7, a first-grader at Smithfield Elementary, got her long hair cut and donated it to Locks of Love without volunteering the information. Charlotte Buckner, 14, an eighth-grader at J.M. Alexander Middle, created a sixth-grade anti-bullying curriculum for the Academic Enrichment Program. Laurel Madison Cannon, 10, a fifth-grader at Cornelius Elementary, raised more than $300 via multiple bake sales for the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue organization and the Humane Society of Charlotte.
Makayla Clark and Shamel Davis, both 12 and seventh-graders at Northridge Middle, helped a special-needs student who had dropped items from a lunch tray and was having trouble picking them up. Hannah Hurley, 10, a fifth-grader at Huntersville Elementary; Cajsa Stroem, 11, fifth grade; and Caroline Wolfe, 11, fifth grade, bought gifts for a student after learning that the student didn’t receive any gifts at Christmas.
Thomas Kelly, 9, a fourth-grader at Clear Creek Elementary who helps with cafeteria cleanup each day, found several dollars folded underneath a lunch table and turned them in to a teacher. Pierce Latta, 8, a second-grader at Smithfield Elementary, gave a classmate his own pair of socks to wear after the classmate’s socks had gotten wet.
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Cody McMillian, 15, a ninth-grader at Hopewell High, stepped between two angry students and tried to stop them from fighting while others seemed ready to encourage it. Deylin Reyes Rivera, 12, a sixth-grader at Sedgefield Middle, alerted the school resource officer and CMS staff about a student who was bragging about having an illegal substance on campus. The situation was resolved quickly.