CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools commended 10 students, including two from Lake Norman, Jan. 23 for doing good deeds in their schools as a part of the Do The Right Thing program.

Blythe Elementary fifth-grader Jessie Morales is the “buddy” to a child with autism. When it was time to go outside on one chilly afternoon, Jessie brought it to his teacher’s attention that his buddy was wearing short sleeves and did not have a jacket. Jessie asked if it would be OK for him to loan his buddy his jacket so he didn’t get too cold. The student is not verbal enough to let teachers know that he’s cold. Jessie then convinced his buddy to wear his jacket and helped him put it on.

Alexander Middle sixth-grader Bill Chen found $40 at school one day. He turned it in to Assistant Principal Patricia Hartsell. When no one inquired about or claimed the money, Hartsell gave the $40 back to Bill. He said he did not want to keep the money and donated it to the Habitat for Humanity house that Alexander Middle is helping to build.

Teachers, friends and family members nominated students for the honor. Each student received a certificate, plaque and backpack with supplies.

Do the Right Thing is a nonprofit that recognizes youth who exhibit character and integrity. The Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and CMS manage it.