Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

By Rights: Students Honored for Selfless Acts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

By Rights: Students Honored for Selfless Acts

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Thirteen-year-old Antonio Warren's disgust was apparent when he told of the man with a knife who tried to break into his home in Normandy last month.

Antonio's face frowned. His body gesticulated. And his voice grew louder with each word. "I had to be responsible, like a grown-up, because the man was being like a kid," he recalled.

Antonio, who attends Normandy Middle School, was baby-sitting his younger brother. He guided his brother out the back door to safety. He rushed to a nearby pay telephone and called the police, who then nabbed the thug.

For his actions, Antonio received recognition at a ceremony Wednesday in the board room of the St. Louis Police Department. Nine other local pupils basked in praise for the fifth "Do the Right Thing," a monthly program honoring children who have done good deeds.

Nearly 500 young people were nominated. Sponsors are the Cooperating School Districts, KMOV (Channel 4), radio station KMOX, the Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department - the newest supporter, according to Angela Jackson, program coordinator.

"There has been a high interest in the community" since Do the Right Thing began in October, Jackson said. "People like to know about the positive things children do."

The Police Board congratulated the children and gave them badges and a stash of T-shirts, McDonald's coupons, savings bonds and other treats. KMOV anchorman Julius Hunter announced pupils' names to a crowd of about 100 family members, teachers, school administrators and police officers.

Here are profiles of the other winners:

Betty Caldwell, 15, Washington Education Center. "My friends call me the advice lady," said Caldwell, who has made many friends through volunteer work at her church and in Girl Scouts. "I do everything I can to help everyone who needs it," she said. "I think I do good because I'm friendly."

Tiffany Cushon, 16, Soldan International Studies High School. Two years ago, Tiffany's teacher fell in a parking lot at school. Pupils laughed at her. "But not me," Tiffany said. "I felt really bad because everyone was laughing. Everyone should have been helping. …

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