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Do The Right Thing Program

Working together for children

Since 1997, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has been spotlighting students who make healthy decisions and positive choices, and volunteer in the community. The goal of Do The Right Thing is to reinforce positive values and choices among students in grades K-12. This encourages good citizenship and community involvement. The Sheriff’s Office partners with the business and civic community to hold monthly ceremonies and other special projects to honor our youth’s positive endeavors.

We recognize and reward

Each month during the school year, nominations are submitted by parents, teachers, deputies, and community leaders. Nominations may be for any positive act, such as volunteering, standing up to peer pressure, or simply dedicating themselves to their schoolwork. In addition to monthly ceremonies, large groups of students may be honored through the Class of the Month Project, and some winners are honored at a regional awards celebration held each summer.

Spotlighting young role models

All students nominated to Do The Right Thing are considered winners and rewarded with a certificate and letter of recognition. Each month twenty-four students are selected to be honored publicly at an awards ceremony. Winners are spotlighted in the community as future leaders and role models for younger students. They are a source of inspiration and pride for residents of all ages in southwest Florida.

How you can get involved

Do The Right Thing as a nonprofit project; therefore, all funding for the program comes from the community and local businesses through donations with corporate sponsorship. Many local businesses are involved with this program, providing the funding to help make a lasting impact on Lee County kids. We are always signing new corporate partners and all donations are tax deductible under IRS Code 170 – C.

What people say about “The Do The Right Thing” youth recognition program

“I see so many people in the court system who are irresponsible and make poor decisions. Do The Right Thing encourages young people to stop and think and make the right choice.” Hon. Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes

“Do The Right Thing recognition ss often life-changing for students, highlighting those who may not be on the honor roll, but who are great future citizens. Once recognized, their attitudes towards themselves and toward school improves.” Toni Sindler,  Lee County school District

Ready to nominate an outstanding child?

If you know a child whose accomplishment, attitude, or outstanding effort makes them a possible model for their peers, they need to be recognized. Please nominate them today.

Please complete the form below to nominate a candidate for Do The Right Thing. You may also download the form then print and complete it. Email to: or forms may be faxed to 239-936-6326.

We thank our sponsors:

Southwest Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association, India Association of Fort Myers, Rotary Club Fort Myers – Sunrise, Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres, Sun Harvest Citrus, Perkins, The Bagel Factory, and Culligan Water.

It is the policy of the Lee County sheriffs office to protect the Constitutional rights of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other police system or physical characteristic; and to treat each person with respect and dignity.

“Proud to Serve,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno