The Cheektowaga Police Department has named five young people as December recipients of its monthly "Do the Right Thing" awards.
Anthony "A.J." Bess, 15, a 10th-grader at Cleveland Hill High School, was cited for taking an expensive watch to his school principal after finding it in the mud during football practice. An announcement was made at school, and the student who lost the watch claimed it immediately.
Dakota Herkey, 5, a kindergarten pupil at Pine Hill Elementary School, was honored for helping and comforting a girl who was having trouble adjusting to kindergarten.
Kevin Nowakowski, 17, an 11th-grader at Cheektowaga Central High School, was recognized for calling 911 on his cell phone after seeing a car hit a tree. He then went back to the vehicle and waited with the unconscious driver until police and an ambulance arrived.
Charles "C.J." Schalberg, 14, a ninth-grader at Cheektowaga Central High School, was commended for rescuing a small bird trapped in the school cafeteria, catching it in his cupped hands and guiding it to an open door.
Timothy Zielinski, 13, an eighth-grader at St. Josaphat's School, was cited for many generous and worthwhile activities -- helping a fellow student become socially accepted, helping his grandmother at her home as she recovers from cancer surgery, being active in the Cheektowaga YES program, volunteering at Maplewood Nursing Home, assisting Doyle Fire Company in a cleanup on William Street and being an altar server at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church.
The program honors youngsters every month through June. Any adult, including a parent, can nominate children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Residents or non-residents who perform good deeds in Cheektowaga can be nominated for an award.