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Elizabethtown Student Honored For ‘Doing The Right Thing’

Nov 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

November 15, 2012- Elizabethtown Area School District student Hannah Griffie was recently recognized as a “Do the Right Thing” award-winner for the month of November. The program recognizes students in the Elizabethtown community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude, or outstanding efforts. The program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior.

Griffie, a third grader at Bainbridge Elementary School, received the award for her willingness and enthusiasm to learn sign language and assist a hearing impaired student to communicate with other students. She helped organize sign language classes over the lunch hour and encouraged other students to learn as well. Griffie received her award at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Elizabethtown Area School District board of school directors where she was accompanied by her mother Brandi Lancaster; grandmother, Wendy Lancaster; her great grandmother Mim Lancaster; her brother Caleb and sister Kendra; her three teachers from Bainbridge; and many other friends.

In its first year, the Do The Right Thing is a collaborative effort between Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, Elizabethtown Area School District, Elizabethtown Borough Police Department, Northwest Regional Police Department, and Susquehanna Regional Police Department. Union Community Bank was the program’s sponsor for November. The local program is the second chapter in Pennsylvania and is modeled after a successful national program.

For her actions, Griffie received a certificate of recognition, Do the Right Thing t-Shirt, and Visa gift card. Other nominees in November included Gabrriella Pistone, a fourth grader at Bear Creek School; Brianna McCaulley, a fifth grader at Bear Creek School; Sarah Mehesy, a fifth grader at Bear Creek School; and Morgan Miller, a fifth grader at Bear Creek School. School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a child. A volunteer committee reviews the student nominations on a monthly basis and selects a winner(s) for each month.

For more information on the Do The Right Thing program, please contact Gail Viscome, Executive Director, Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care at 367-0678.

Photo: November Do The Right Thing award winners, family members and program representatives proudly pose before an award ceremony at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Elizabethtown Area School District Board of Education. (l-r) Superintendent of Schools Michele Balliet, Mim Lancaster, Caleb Griffie, Wendy Lancaster, Kendra Lancaster, Brandi Lancaster, Susquehanna Regional Police Chief Ed Haugh, Elizabethtown Borough Police Officer Gordon Berlin, Union Community Bank representative Debbie Dupler, and Gail Viscome.

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