The Cheektowaga Police Department is honoring 17 students in this month's ceremony for the "Do the Right Thing" program, which recognizes young people for good deeds they have performed in Cheektowaga.
The honorees include:
Eric Bartus, a fifth-grader at Woodrow Wilson School, who returned two wallets that he found on the sidewalk. He took one directly to its owner in Sloan and turned in the other one at an ice cream shop near where he found it.
Frank Comisso, a junior at Cheektowaga Central High School, and Chris Kuroski, a senior at St. Mary's High School, both Wegmans supermarket employees, who found an elderly woman's purse in the store parking lot and turned it over to her at the customer service desk. Wegmans has honored the two with special pins.
Lynsey Cycon, a sixth-grader at Maryvale Middle School, who noticed that one of the customers on her newspaper route was not picking up her papers or her mail. Lynsey notified authorities, who found the woman collapsed in her home and took her to a hospital.
Bethany Glinski, Crystal Kosmider and Bianca Leonard, all sixth-graders at John F. Kennedy Middle School, who were attending a school teen night when they found an envelope containing $50 with a student's name on it. They turned the envelope over to a counselor.
Garrett Hall, a second-grader at Union East Elementary School, who found a $10 bill lying on the floor during the school's annual book fair. He turned in the bill to a teacher, and, after no one claimed it, it was decided that the money would be used to buy a new 2001 World Almanac, which was donated in Garrett's honor.
Brian Kiszewski, a seventh-grader at John F. Kennedy Middle School, who resisted fighting in response to several months of harassment from an acquaintance. When it became unbearable, he took the problem to school officials, who disciplined the other youth.
Katie Klein, a fifth-grader at Union East Elementary School, who assisted a pupil who would not leave her desk after a fire alarm sounded during a power outage at the school. Katie took the girl by the hand, guided her outside through the darkened halls and remained with her as the entire student body walked to the high school.
Matthew Malchow, a freshman at Cleveland High High School, who rushed into the aftermath of November's paralyzing snowstorm to bring boots to his mother, Dawn, who had lost her shoes while walking after she abandoned her car in the deep snow.
Derrick Page, a junior at Maryvale High School, who dramatically changed his behavior at school. Formerly a student who frequently cut classes, he was befriended by a teacher's aide in the suspension room, who talked with him about his future. During the summer, he re-examined his life and came back to school with a new attitude. He currently is an honor student.
Noelle Pieczynski, a second-grader at Cleveland Hill Elementary School, who calmly called 911 and gave dispatchers full information after her mother suffered a fall and was lying unconscious in their home.
Zak Read, a second-grader at Union East Elementary School, who was getting ready for gym class when he found a watch left behind by someone in the previous class. He turned the watch over to his physical-education teacher, and it was returned to its owner.
Salvatore Rine, a second-grader at Maryvale Primary School, who has shown his generosity in several ways. Last summer, he saved his allowance money and presented it to his day care teacher to give to the family of a classmate who was not as fortunate as he was. He also has donated to the Toys for Tots program for the last couple of years.
Brett and Linsey Sutton, fourth- and third-graders at Union East Elementary School, who went to the Rescue Hose Company fire hall to report that they had found drug needles in a nearby yard. Upon investigation, an abandoned desk was discovered that contained a large number of insulin syringes. Firefighters packed up the syringes and turned them over to police.