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Four RCSD Students Recognized with “Do the Right Thing” Awards

(October 11, 2019) On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the October award ceremony for the “Do the Right Thing” program, four Rochester City School District students were recognized for their positive behavior, accomplishments, and good deeds.

Sayelee Rivera Ocasio, Pinnacle School No. 35
First-grader Sayelee Rivera Ocasio was nominated by her kindergarten teacher, Ms. Rice. During a field trip to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra last year, Sayelee noticed that a classmate was having trouble breathing in the middle of the concert. When she asked him if he was alright and he told her he wasn’t, she calmly alerted Ms. Rice, who was able to give the student his asthma medication. Sayelee’s quick reaction prevented the situation from becoming more serious, allowing everyone to stay and enjoy the concert. Sayelee showed responsibility and wisdom beyond her years, and she is to be commended for keeping a calm, level head while seeking help for a friend.

Marlon Scott, Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3
Rhandi Logan, who works in 911 telecommunications, nominated second-grader Marlon Scott for his ability to remain calm during a stressful situation. When his mother was experiencing a medical emergency and unable to communicate, Marlon called 911 to request an ambulance. Marlon was able to articulate helpful information while also reassuring his mother that help was on the way. Marlon kept a level head during an extremely difficult time, which expedited the help his mother needed when she could not request it herself.

Jeritza Suriel, Enrico Fermi School No. 17
Last March, 911 telecommunications employee Craig Warshawsky answered a 911 call from seventh-grader Jeritza Suriel, who was requesting an ambulance for her mother. Jeritza calmly provided all of the necessary information while translating in English and Spanish. When the paramedics arrived, she understood that she would need to continue translating. Mr. Warshawsky nominated Jeritza because he was so impressed with her ability to remain calm and follow instructions during a very stressful situation.

London Woods, John James Audubon School No. 33
Fourth-grader London Woods was nominated by his Assistant Principal last year, Kathryn Yarlett-Fenti. Last April, London noticed a classmate choking during lunch. While her peers yelled for the lunch monitor’s attention, London immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver and was able to dislodge the food. London’s quick actions saved the life of a friend! She is a true hero in the eyes of everyone at School No. 33.

The goal of the “Do the Right Thing” program is to foster positive relationships between the Rochester Police Department and community youth. The program rewards students who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities, or demonstrate a turnaround or improved behavior. For more information or to nominate a child, visit