New program publicizes good deeds by youngsters
November 27, 2008
Operation “Do The Right Thing” is a new program established to reward youth of going above and beyond daily expectations to do something right. The Joplin Police Department and Joplin R-VIII School District both value the opportunity to reward positive behavior and outstanding decision making. Some selected Joplin area students who perform these good deeds will be rewarded each semester.

Nate Prewitt and Aaron Tucker are just two examples of the great kids in this area who take the next step in their decision making to do the right thing. These students have performed actions to help the health and safety of other students as well as return property. The Joplin Police Department offers a "thank you and great job!"

Prewitt, a 5th grader at Columbia Elementary School in Joplin assisted another 5th grade student on the playground while she was choking. Prewitt noticed the student appeared to be choking on something and he approached her and performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging gum from the other student’s throat. Due to his quick thinking and reaction the other student was assisted and no further medical treatment was necessary.

Tucker, a 6th grader at South Middle School in Joplin located an expensive watch while walking inside the building. He picked up the watch and turned it into the office. It was then returned to its owner.

To nominate an area child who has made a good decision or who routinely “does the right thing” simply contact Officer Jared Delzell at (417) 623-3131, Ext. 633.

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