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Elizabethtown Students Honored For ‘Doing The Right Thing’

Apr 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page, News

April 25, 2013- Elizabethown Area School District students Courtney Ingold, Kara Mueser, Allyssa Molloy and Loren Shipe were recently recognized as the March Do the Right Thing award-winners. The Do The Right Thing 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. Redman Eye Care was the program’s sponsor for February.

Ingold and Mueser, both students at Elizabethtown Area High School, received their awards for helping a six year old at a skating rink learn to skate without being asked. They went way out of their way to make this child have a wonderful day. The principal of Wrightsville Elementary School, Donald Gillett, noticed their efforts and wrote a letter to EASD superintendent, Michele Balliet, to commend these two students for their kind efforts. Ingold and Mueser were accompanied by their parents, Brian Miller, father of Courtney Ingold and her sister Keegan Miller, and Carolyn and Robert Mueser, parents of Kara Mueser.

Molloy and Shipe, also students at Elizabethtown Area High School, received their awards for being kind to a new student who has recently moved into the school district. They went out of their way to assist this student on her first day and included her at their lunch table as well. These girls also helped this new student find her way around the school and made what could be a difficult and scary transition for this student turn into a wonderful experience. Allyssa was accompanied by her parents Jason and Beth Molloy and her siblings Ty and Jillian and Loren was accompanied by her parents Greg and Jeanette Shipe.

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. The local program is the second chapter in Pennsylvania and is modeled after a successful national program. 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 (see the school district website at for the nomination form).

Ingold, Mueser, Molloy and Shipe were honored at the March 19 school board meeting where they received a certificate of recognition, Do the Right Thing t-shirt, and a Visa gift card. In addition to the school directors, superintendent of schools Michele Balliet, executive director for Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care Gail Viscome, Joe Redman of Redman Eye Care, and officer Alex Leonard from the Elizabethtown Police Department were on hand for the ceremony.

For more information on the Do The Right Thing program, please contact Ms. Viscome at 367-0678.

Photo caption: Pictured (L-R) March Do The Right Thing award winners, family members and program representatives proudly pose before an award ceremony at the Mar. 19 meeting of the Elizabethtown Area School District Board of Education. Front row- Keegan Miller, Ty Molloy. Second row- Carolyn Mueser, Kara Mueser, Courtney Ingold, Alyssa Molloy, Jillian Molloy, Loren Shipe, Jeanette Shipe, Joe Redman. Third row- Alex Leonard, Robert Mueser, Brian Miller, Jason Molloy, Beth Molloy, Greg Shipe, Michele Balliet, Gail Viscome.

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