October 23, 2012

 “FMPD Honors Nine Students for Doing the Right Thing”

 On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 the Fort Myers Police Department’s “Do the Right Thing” program will honor nine children for their good deeds.   Awards will be presented to the following students at a ceremony in the City ofFort Myers Council Chambers at 3:00 p.m.:

 Joshua Mazzolie is in the fourth grade at Edison Park Creative andExpressiveArtsElementary School. Josh lives across the street from a lake. Recently, the lake has been an eyesore, littered with cans and garbage.  Josh decided to do something about it and he recruited a few of his friends to help.  Josh and his friends spent an entire weekend removing debris from the lake, returning it to its natural beauty.

 Griffin Purse and Holden Gelinas of Allen Park Elementary, along withTylerPurse and Brennen Gelinas of Saint Michael Lutheran School and 4-year old Caden Gelinas will be honored for their efforts to help those less fortunate. The group saw a story on television that featured homeless students inCentral Florida. Then they learned about theWINK-TV “Stuff the Bus” campaign. The youngsters hit the streets with signs and fliers to raise money for school supplies. They went door to door in their neighborhood and they had a lemonade stand. The five donated more than $600 in school supplies to the “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

 Charlie Bell, Marlo Santoro and Ian Santoro of Allen Park Elementary lost their grandmother to breast cancer. In memory of her they decided to have a car wash to raise money for the cause. The money they raised will be presented at an upcoming annual golf tournament also for breast cancer prevention. They hope the money will be used to help pay for babysitters when mothers stricken with the disease need to go to doctor’s appointments.

 The purpose of the “Do the Right Thing” program is to reinforce positive actions among local youth. It is also designed to enhance relationships between local law enforcement members and school-aged children.  The media is encouraged to attend this rewarding event.

 Shelly Flynn
Public Information Officer