Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Youths Honored for Action

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Youths Honored for Action

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Doing the right thing for this month's award winners in the "Do the Right Thing" program meant anything from saving a life to raising money for the less fortunate to simply helping up a teacher who fell.

The monthly awards ceremony, held Wednesday in the St. Louis Police Board room downtown, spotlights "role model" youths. About 300 city and county students are nominated each month of the school year by teachers, parents, police and others; and 10 are selected.

Here are the stories of this month's winners. Aisha Jackson, 13, a seventh-grader at Blow Middle School, snatched a pack of matches from her 8-year-old sibling, who was lighting and tossing them on a bed one morning. "The mattress caught on fire, and I ran to my mother's bedroom and woke her up," she said. The mother, Arlena Taylor, said Aisha's quick action probably saved the life of her youngest brother, 5, who was asleep on the bed. Raquel Davis, a kindergartner at Tower Grove Christian School, called for help after her diabetic mother had an insulin reaction. This occurs when one's blood sugar gets dangerously low. "When I started to be 4, my mommy taught me what I should do if I feel her shaking all over in bed," said the 5-year-old, who often snuggles in beside her sleeping mother. That morning, Rachel Davis, who was five months pregnant, began trembling in her sleep. Raquel recognized the symptoms and ran downstairs and telephoned her grandmother, who revived her daughter-in-law with orange juice and sugar. Jesse Selvey, 10, a fourth-grader at Hudson Elementary School in Webster Groves, used the Heimlich maneuver to save his great-grandmother, Mildred James, when she choked on food. The boy was unable to lock his arms around her for the direct chest squeeze, so he pounded hard on her upper back with the palm of his hand. He learned the life-saving techniques as part of his Boy Scout training. Jesse was subdued when he accepted his award Wednesday because his beloved "Gram" was not there to share it. She died at 81 last week of a lymphoma. "Jess feels like he should have been able to save her one more time," said his mother, Pat Rosenthal. Michael Besserman, 9, a third-grader at Marshall School in Granite City, learned a valuable lesson in bicycle safety recently when he and a friend rode to another neighborhood. A car rounded a corner and struck the front wheel of the friend's bike, knocking him to the pavement. Michael ran to another friend's house in the block and had the family call an ambulance. He then cycled over to the home of his injured friend to alert his parents and afterward rode back to the scene of the accident, where he provided details to the paramedics. DeAndre Davis, 10, a fourth-grader at Shepard Elementary School in the city, recently stepped in between two boys who were about to fight as they boarded a bus after school. …

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