Do The Right Thing is a national program that began with the Miami Police Department in 1990. This program honors youth, grades K-12, in the Elizabethtown community who do positive things that make a difference. In doing so, they become positive role models for their peers. The program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior.
The following are reasons to nominate students:
- Keeping their school safe
- Outstanding conduct or a turn-around in behavior
- Helping neighbors
- Academic success or change in study habits
- Spontaneous and random acts of kindness
- Personal problems overcome or adjusted to
- Examples of honesty and good citizenship
- Physical or mental limitations overcome
Examples of past nominations: a student who learned sign language to communicate with another child, a student who helped another child when all of his books and belongings fell in a crowded hallway, a student who helped stack trays in the school cafeteria in order to help out a custodian.
Giving students positive recognition for good deeds encourages positive behavior, helps kids feel good about themselves, and improves school climate. Do the Right Thing is a collaborative effort between Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, the Elizabethtown local police departments and the Elizabethtown Area School District.