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Elizabethtown Students Honored For ‘Doing The Right Thing’

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page, News

December 20, 2013- Elizabethtown Area School District students Hannah Kline and Austin Long were recently recognized as the November 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 to foster a positive environment. The program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior. Kline and Long were honored at the November 19 school board meeting where they received a certificate of recognition, Do the Right Thing t-shirt, and a Visa gift card. Union Community Bank was the program’s sponsor for November.

Kline, a fifth grader at the Bear Creek School, received the award for assisting a special needs student without any prompting from her teachers. According to the nomination form submitted on her behalf, she is always willing to help this student and monitor and assist the student with their technological devices. Kline also speaks kindly to all her peers even when she isn’t shown the same consideration in return. Kline was accompanied by her parents Denisha and Chad Kline, her aunt Shelby Noaker, and her grandmother Carolyn Kline.

Long, eighth grade, Elizabethtown Area Middle School, handled a disagreement between himself and another student using maturity and resolution skills taught through the Olweus Bullying program. He also spoke up for a student who was being bullied and reported the incident while encouraging the student to talk to the counselor. He was also involved in seeking help for an online friend who was in crisis. Long was accompanied by his parents, Shanen and Dean Long, his siblings Ryley, Trinity, Dakota, and Dean III. Their minister Fred Garber and his wife Linda were also there to provide recognition to Long.

In its second 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).

In addition to the school directors, superintendent of schools Dr. Michele Balliet, executive director for Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care Gail Viscome, Deb Dupler of Union Community Bank, officer Rick Farnsler from the Elizabethtown Police Department, and officer Michael Bryant of the Northwest Regional 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 November Do The Right Thing award winners, family members and program representatives proudly pose before an award ceremony at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Elizabethtown Area School District Board of Education. (L-R) First Row – Ryley Long, Trinity Long. Second Row – Hannah Kline, Austin Long, Dakota Long, Dean Long III. Third row – Michele Balliet, Officer Bryant, Shirley Noaker, Denisha Kline, Chad Kline, Carolyn Kline, Linda Garber, Fred Garber, Shanen Long, Dean Long Jr., Deb Dupler, Rick Farnsler, Gail Viscome.


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