Please join us in congratulating our December 2021 “Do The Right Thing” recipients. These students exemplified what it means to “Do The Right Thing.”
Giana Geary and Madison Stratman, Gulf Elementary School – 5th Grade
Giana and Madison found $50 cash on the floor in the cafeteria. They demonstrated tremendous integrity and responsibility by turning the cash into an adult.
Gavin Gardner, Oasis Middle School – 6th Grade
Gavin remained calm during an emergency situation in the school’s parent pick-up line. He kept his little brother entertained so that he would not be scared. He showed maturity far beyond his age.
Monica & Louis Galindo Caloosa Middle School – 8th/6th Grade
Monica and her brother Louis found a smart-watch on campus after school. They contacted the owner through the smart-watch and made arrangements to turn it into the school front office. The owner of smart-watch was very impressed with their honesty.
Robert & Richard Waddell Jr Mariner Middle School – 6th/8th Grade
Both Robert and his brother, Richard, were very kind and supportive of another student even when the other student was not kind to Robert. The boys were willing to forgive and give meaningful advice to the student who was not being kind. Both Richard and Robert understood the importance of working out a situation with words, kindness and understanding rather than physical aggression.
Congratulations to all the kids and their parents for their choice to Do The Right Thing!
Please join us in congratulating our November 2021 “Do The Right Thing” recipients. These students exemplified what it means to “Do The Right Thing.”
Samuel Foster, Oasis Middle School – 6th Grade
A small group of students were pushing and shoving as they exited the classroom. A wreath was accidentally damaged. Sam volunteered to take the wreath home to fix it and returned it back to its original condition.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to commend Samuel for his empathy and for being a great role model.
Zachary ArthurCape Elementary School – 2nd Grade
During the medical emergency of a beloved family member, Zach was extremely helpful to his Nana and demonstrated a high level of maturity and bravery in a very emotional and chaotic situation.
During the chaos, Zach was able to maintain his composure and provide address information which was crucial to emergency responders. He called his parents and he also helped with his 3-year-old sister as the medical team provided assistance. Although the outcome was not what they had hoped, his family is extremely proud of him.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to recognize Zachary for his heroic efforts.
Presley Gibson Caloosa Middle School – 7th Grade
A student brought potentially harmful contraband to school. On the way home on the bus, the student started talking about having it with him.
Presley heard him and poured water on herself so that she could go to the front of the bus to “get a towel”. While up there, she told the bus driver about the potentially harmful contraband. The driver phoned the incident to the police. The police showed up and took possession of the harmful contraband and no one was hurt. Thankfully, Presley chose to do the right thing and keep everyone safe.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to recognize Presley for her bravery.
Kalel HernandezCaloosa Middle School – 7th Grade
One morning before school, two students got into an argument and then started pushing each other.
Kalel quickly got in between them and prevented them from having any further contact.
Kalel acted in a mature manner and did the right thing by preventing anyone from getting hurt.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to recognize Kalel for his commitment and good character.
Lionel McGriffCaloosa Middle School – 8th Grade
Lionel found a baby rabbit at the bus stop. He brought the rabbit to school to ask for help. They contacted the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) and got them to come to school to pick up the baby rabbit. Lionel did the right thing to ensure the rabbit’s safety.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to commend Lionel for his empathy and for being a great role model.
Please join us in congratulating our October 2021 “Do The Right Thing” recipients. These students exemplified what it means to “Do The Right Thing.”
DeShon Jenkins, 8th Grade, Caloosa Middle School
DeShon was at basketball tryouts when another student, whom he knew from elementary school, showed him his sneakers. They were ripped and the soles were coming off.
DeShon spoke to his mother about it and asked if they could get the student some sneakers. They bought 3 pairs of sneakers and DeShon brought them to school and gave them to the other student.
Anthony Perfeito De Almeida, 5th Grade, Skyline Elementary School
Anthony has volunteered to stay and clean up the lunch tables for the year, for those classes that cannot do it for themselves, as well as for any other class that needs help. He does this every day without asking for any reward and is always willing to do more than is expected.
Sebastian Solis, 6th Grade, Mariner Middle School
When would-be burglars attempted entry into his home, Sebastian quickly armed himself with a knife, called the CCPD, and successfully thwarted the suspect’s intent.
This speaks to Sebastian’s ability to operate well under stress, and the importance of his knowledge of proper procedures to follow in an emergency.
Eli Gerl, 5th Grade, Skyline Elementary School
Eli was playing soccer in the schoolyard when he saw a 1st grader run and fall down. Eli stopped what he was doing and approached to check on the smaller student.
It turned out that Eli did not know the child, but said it was the polite thing to do.
Dominic D’Andrea, 1st Grade, Oasis Elementary School
Dominic set up a lemonade stand and instead of keeping the money he earned to buy something for himself, he donated it all to the Cape Coral Caring Center.
Mackenzie Jenkins, 6th Grade, Gulf Middle School
Mackenzie was at her grandfather’s house and had gone outside when she heard the neighbor’s dog barking and saw smoke coming from the house. She quickly called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers what she saw.
When firefighters were able to make entry they knew to search for a dog, Fiona, thanks to the information provided by Mackenzie. Fiona was unresponsive when firefighters found her, but Lee Country EMS cooled her and provided oxygen, and by the time the fire was out she was up and walking around.
Nathaniel D. Aites, 5th Grade, Caloosa Elementary School
Nathaniel did the right thing when he reported a potentially dangerous situation to a trusted adult.
As a result of Nathaniel’s action, everyone went home safely.
Craig Odom, 6th Grade, Caloosa Middle School
Craig found a folded $5 bill on the floor and handed it to the teacher at the podium.
Another student who was standing at the podium reached into her pocket and panicked when she realized her money was not in her pocket. She asked the teacher if it was $10. When the teacher unfolded the money, she found out that it was not one five-dollar bill, but two and handed it to the student who lost it.
Thanks to the continued support of Sheriff Carmine Marceno and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation can continue to fulfill its mission of supporting young athletes on and off the playing field.
Every year, the foundation sets its sights on something even bigger than the year before, and as a result, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation will award $10,000 scholarships to three high school seniors in Southwest Florida this year. The scholarships will allow these students to pursue continued education without financial restraint.
“These scholarships open up the future for the youth in our community,” said former NFL player Tommy Bohanon, founder of the Tommy Bohanon Foundation.
“Our goal is, and always has been, to motivate students to pursue education beyond high school. Financial stress can deter students from even having college or trade school on their radar. Every kid deserves to go after their dreams without any hesitation and our hope is that these scholarships will do just that.”
Since 2018, Sheriff Marceno and the LCSO have been instrumental partners of the Tommy Bohanon Foundation. Last year, the LCSO’s contributions made it possible for the foundation to offer two $10,000 scholarships. This year’s donation of $30,000 paved the way for the Tommy Bohanon Foundation to support the continued education of three Southwest Florida students.
“This contribution allows us to change the lives of the youth in our community,” said Sheriff Marceno.
“Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education and to fulfill their dreams. We are proud to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation and their mission to make a positive impact in our community.”
The Tommy Bohanon Foundation has partnered with the Collaboratory to assist with the scholarship application and selection process. Students are able to complete a single application through the Collaboratory that will match them with the scholarship funds that they are eligible for.
The Tommy Bohanon Foundation Scholarship Fund requires that students have an athletic interest and plans to pursue higher education. Eligible students will participate in an interview process before the final selection is completed by the foundation.
Six Cape Coral students received the 2021 “Do The Right Thing” Scholarship in recognition of their achievements. Along with their scholarship checks, each student also received a care package with essentials and goodies for campus life.
Chief Tony Sizemore, Deputy Chief Darren McKenna, CCFD Division Chief Mike Bush, and members of the CCPD Community Services Bureau presented the awards.
The Cape Coral Police Department honored an Oasis Middle School student with the “Do The Right Thing” Lifesaving award. This is additionally the second time Christopher has received this award. Please join us in recognizing and congratulating him!
Christopher Leon, 8th Grade – Oasis Middle School
Christopher was a passenger in his mother’s car when she told him she was having trouble breathing. Something had caused her to go into anaphylactic shock.
She pulled over as her breathing difficulty increased, and Christopher tended to her until he recognized she was no longer breathing. Christopher quickly began CPR while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Christopher’s quick response and calmness under pressure likely saved his mother’s life.
Thank you to Christopher for being a shining example of what it means to “do the right thing.”