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‘Do the Right Thing’ Winners Honored

The following Elizabethtown Area School District students were recently recognized as “Do the Right Thing” winners for the month of October. Haley DeStefano; a Bear Creek student, Kristen Geesey; an EAHS student, and Ashley Geesey and Keira Stefano; EAMS students, were nominated for recently raising over $300 for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by making bracelets to sell at several locations and on Instagram. Last year the girls raised $2,000 towards the Children’s Miracle Network. Ryan Lownsbery, a student from EAMS, received the award for being a caring friend to one of his classmates by making him feel included and assisting him with school assignments.

This Do The Right Thing winners received their award on Thursday, Oct. 5. The award winners, their family, the nominator, the business sponsor, the school principals, and dean of students attended the award presentation.  Blueprints for Addiction Recovery was the program’s business sponsor for October 2017. The honorees received a certificate of recognition, a Do the Right Thing T-Shirt, and a gift certificate.

The Do the Right Thing program is modeled after a successful national program. The local program is the second chapter in Pennsylvania and seeks to recognize students in the Elizabethtown community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. This program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior. The residents of the Elizabethtown Area School District can see the many good things the young people of the community are doing. The program especially likes to emphasize random acts of kindness that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but anyone over the age of 18 can nominate a child. A volunteer committee reviews the student nominations on a monthly basis and selects a winner for each month.

Anyone who wants more information may contact Gail Viscome, Executive Director, Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care at 717-367-0678.

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