Do The Right Thing March/April 2012

Posted at: 04/20/2012 7:58 AM

The Do The Right Thing Awards ceremony for the months of March and April were held recently at the Public Safety Building.  The following students were honored for their good deeds:

Joe Miller
2nd Grade
Holmes Road Elementary

Travis Dobrowsky, a 911 Operator, nominated Joe for his courage and quick thinking. On the afternoon of January 25, 2012 Joe called 911 for his mother, who was having a diabetic seizure and in need of medical assistance. Battalion Chief Andrew M. Paradiso couldn’t have said it better when he stated “If Joe did not have the presence of mind and level of maturity to recognize the emergency, his mother surely would have suffered dire consequences. In addition, his four younger siblings would have been endangered.”

Ta’Kara Jackson
9th Grade
Rochester Early College Int’l High School

Ta’Kara was nominated by her mother Tanya Ferguson for her volunteerism and civic responsibility. Ta’Kara takes care of her 92 year old grandmother every day after school, as well as volunteers at church and is a member of the JROTC.  Ta’Kara is an excellent and hardworking student whose teachers say “Ta’Kara is never satisfied, no matter what her grade is. Although she receives A’s and B’s, she is always striving to do better and consistently improves.”  One of her teachers also said, “I can’t think of a better person to get this award”
Justin Ruffell
9th Grade
Webster Thomas High School

Emily Ruffell
6th Grade
Willink Middle School

Ms. Courtney McDonnell and her son Jackson nominated Justin for his good will and compassion. Emily, Justin’s sister was also nominated for her active participation in the following situation. In December 2011, Justin and Emily found out two of their cousins, ages 14 and 15 were diagnosed in the same week with two different forms of cancer. Both Justin and Emily began selling bracelets, necklaces, and keychains bearing their relatives’ names to raise money for their medical needs. They sat at a table for hours at church, Gold’s Gym, and at other fundraising events. They also sold items to their friends at school to make these sales on their own. Justin’s mom says that their church and the community have been generous beyond her expectations and her children’s friends have been extremely supportive of two teenagers they have never met. Within a few weeks, they raised over $600 for their cousins who continue to fight their diseases.

Nubio Lee
5th Grade
Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School #34

Nubio was nominated by Assistant Principal Diane Agostinelli for his bravery and quick thinking. One morning, after getting off the school bus at school, Nubio noticed that a fellow student whom he is friends with and who walks to school was about to get into a fight with another student. Nubio approached his friend and encouraged him to walk away.  Thanks to Nubio’s willingness to positively intervene and his quick decision making, his friend did walk away without any further altercation, preventing a potentially dangerous situation from occurring. His teacher says that Nubio he is a good listener whose strength is in math. He plays trumpet as a member of the school band and represents his school on the Quad A basketball team.

Chyna Phillips
5th Grade
Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School #34

Chyna was nominated by her Assistant Principal, Diane Agostinelli. Chyna was made aware of a serious problem occurring in her neighborhood that involved a family member. The family member did not want anyone to know about the situation which could have grown into something very serious. Chyna shared what she knew with school personnel. As a result, school staff was able to intervene and share information with parents to prevent a potentially dangerous situation. The school administrative staff admires Chyna for her strong sense of citizenship and her bravery for stepping forward and standing alone. Her fellow students often refer to her as a role model and defer to her as their spokesperson when problems arise. She is patient, kind and serious about her academics.  

Grace Kinton
10th Grade
Spencerport High School

Rayne Dennis
10th Grade
Spencerport High School  

Rayne Dennis and Grace Kinton were nominated by Grace’s mom, Kim. The girls created a Facebook event called “No More Victims” after an incident at their school in December of 2011 shed light on alleged, relentless, bullying  at their school. The event was a success and hundreds attended a peaceful protest outside the administration building. The girls wanted to promote change at their school through advocacy and education for their peers, as well as, students younger and older than themselves. They chartered an after school club called, Voice for Change, which is a peer to peer discussion group aimed at creating tolerance. Both Grace and Rayne are described as kind individuals working hard to make positive change.

Jadell Williams
9th Grade
Vanguard Collegiate High School

School Resource Officer Bryant Johnson nominated Jadell for his quick actions. Off. Johnson writes: On February 8, 2012 at approximately 1pm, an altercation broke out in one of the school restrooms and flowed into the hallway.  Adults intervened, and when one of the combatants began striking a staff member who was attempting to stop the altercation, Jadell acted quickly and physically removed the student who was attacking the staff member. Jadell’s quick actions prevented the staff member from becoming seriously injured. Although school can be challenging at times for Jadell, he demonstrated both courage and school pride when he decided to get involved. We encourage Jadell to continue in this manner and wish him every success.

Unique Bradford
8th Grade
Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy

Unique was nominated by her school counselor, Mrs. Sherrolleta Scissum for her friendship and loyalty. Unique encouraged a classmate to come forward and tell about an incident that took place on a bus.  This friend was hesitant but Unique supported and encouraged her with words like “It’s okay; I’ll still be your friend” until the student explained what happened.  After many attempts to encourage her story; Unique’s voice was then silenced as her friend began telling her what happened.  The unwavering stance that Unique took as she supported her friend is to be commended; without it a police investigation would not have occurred. Unique’s peers often rely on her for support and advice and when asked about Unique’s overall behavior, Mrs. Scissum says, “No one is perfect, but Unique is pretty close”.