Bi-monthly the City of Lakeland Police Department honors children in our community who distinguish themselves by their exemplary behavior. Nominations are received and children are recognized for their accomplishment, attitude, or outstanding effort, which makes them a positive role model for their peers. The following students were recognized at the February 23, 2012 ceremony.
Kirstin Crotts is an 8th grader at Blake Academy and was nominated by Ofc. Mark Ingram. On October 31, 2011 Kirstin came to the aid of a younger child and made sure they were taken care of and that no harm came to the child. Kirstin showed great citizenship and character by her actions that day.
Tyler Strausser is a 5th grader at Carleton Palmore Elementary and was nominated by his teacher, Lydia Taylor. Tyler is polite and respectful and has a mature grasp on how people should treat each other. He thinks before he acts and truly cares about how his actions will affect others. He has confidence in himself but isn’t afraid to ask for help. He’ll be the first person to offer help to someone in need and he’ll often go back and check on them to make sure that they are ok. Tyler is an amazingly loving, responsible, respectful and hard working young man.
Hunter Ward is a senior at Summerlin Academy and was nominated by his mother. Hunter has been actively involved in giving back to his community for most of his teenage years. As a Boy Scout, he has participated in many projects that have provided food for the less fortunate. Hunter is also actively involved as a volunteer for the USF Polytechnic summer camp program, where he mentors middle school students in learning about robotics. Hunter has involved himself in many other forms of volunteer work. Lastly, Hunter is committed to serving his country and is an active candidate for the United States Air Force and Naval Academies and plans to serve his country upon graduation. Hunter was the overall winner.
Akeythia Watts is a 3rd grader at Dixieland and was nominated by her teacher Mrs. Frey. Akeythia was nominated for being an outstanding role model. She could not be a happier child, so eager to learn, grasp new concepts and wants to succeed. Her enthusiasm spreads everywhere she goes, from other students in the classroom to each teacher who comes into contact with her. Akeythia is a positive role model for her peers.
Patrick Williams (not pictured) is a 5th grader at Crystal Lake Elementary and was nominated by his former teacher Mrs. Deborah Jones at Philip O’Brien Elementary. On October 21, 2011 Patrick came to her and turned in a razor blade, which he found in the desk, he was assigned. Patrick displayed such good sense and responsibility in the way he reported it. The school’s motto is “Respect, Responsibility and Ready to learn.” His efforts showed that he has all of those qualities. Patrick set an excellent example of being a good role model.
For more information on how to nominate someone for this award, please go to http://www.lakelandgov.net/lpd/Programs/DoTheRightThingProgram.aspx.
- posted by Ann Dinges, PIO