Florida Christian School, through the Guidance and Counseling Department, has proudly partnered with, Do The Right Thing. This program has been sponsored by the City of Miami Police Department for the last 25 years, under the direction of Executive Director, Jodi Portante Atkins, a graduate of Florida Christian School. Each month, over 700 children from Miami-Dade County are nominated by their teachers, counselors, parents, police officers, and the general public in order to recognize and reward students for their exemplary behavior, accomplishments, good deeds and attitude. These are students who make a difference in their schools and communities.
FCS February 2017 Nominees
Ariana Gutierrez, Jessica Leake, Isabella Villaverde
Ariana Gutierrez is a 6th grader and a girl scout. Her girl scout troop has volunteered to clean littered streets all over Miami, they have cleaned up debris in local parks, and beaches to beautify Miami. The troop has also made many children in Haiti happy by collecting children’s shoes after the last earthquake. Every year at Thanksgiving, Ariana’s family has joined with other families and friends to distribute turkeys to the Homestead shelters. Ariana is wonderful young lady and an excellent student who always shows diligence in everything she does. She cares about her grades, her fellow students, and her school. She is a very gifted artist and glorifies God through her sketches and drawings. Ariana is worthy of being a nominee for Do The Right Thing!
Sixth grader Jessica Leake is a very special young girl. She exhibits one of the most important traits for a student to have: Perseverance. Jessica is in the honors program and has continuously shown that, despite facing a difficult assignment, she won’t give up. She is also a cheerleader and is on the track team. Jessica cares about her school, her classmates, and God.
Once a month, Jessica and her grandmother go to the Homestead Homeless center to help feed those who come to the center. They also bring with them donated toys for the children. Jessica also participated in a 3-mile run at Zoo Miami for Diabetes. We were proud to nominate Jessica for this program!
Isabella Villaverde, 8th grade, is an active member in the local church. She diligently participates in youth group, Bible studies and worship services. She exudes responsibility through her involvement in school, extracurricular activities and the local church, where she longs to participate in missions to spread God’s Word. She is passionate about helping people as she shows God’s love by desiring to become a doctor. Her actions are evidence of her desire to know, walk in truth and be used by the God in all areas of her life. She is a member of the Junior Honor Society, and has been a part of several community service projects. Isabella has donated clothing to Goodwill, and has distributed turkeys at Thanksgiving to over 1,000 homeless in Florida City. She brightens the day of the elderly by visiting the senior citizens in a local assisted living facility. Isabella Villaverda has proven herself to be diligent in her studies and an honest, hard-working young lady.