KMOV’s Courtney Bryant, St. Louis County Police Captain Boschert, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Captain Mueller and O’Fallon Police Chief VanHook are proud to celebrate and recognize the top winners for the month!

Anna Bernardini

Douglas Elementary   

Belleville School District 118

This month we had some touching nominations shared with us, and we can’t wait to share these great stories.  Anna was nominated by Jacqueline Jarvis who shared the following “The first full week of Kindergarten we were learning about what makes each one of us special, and what makes others special. Anna gave an answer that made my heart swell and my eyes fill with tears. She said, “I am special because I have love in my heart. Other people are special because they have love in their hearts too.” These are such simple words, but such powerful words to come out of the mouth of a tiny, beautiful 5-year-old girl. When you meet Anna, instantly you can see how true it is that she has love in her heart. She has been a shining example of kindness in our kindergarten classroom. Anna is loving in her words and actions: giving me and other friends in our class daily hugs out of the blue, filling others buckets with her compliments, quickly forgiving someone who knocked her down when they were running and not watching where they were going, always using manners when speaking to other students or adults in our building, and helping a friend pick up the crayons they just spilled on the floor. I could go on and on, and I have only been Anna’s teacher for a short time. Not only does Anna carry love in her heart, but she sees and brings out the love in the hearts of everyone she meets. If only everyone in the world carried this kind of love in their hearts.” Wow, your heart really is full of love Anna!

Thanks to her kindness and compassion, she is an example for others and a reminder of the love we all have inside of us!  So today we are recognizing Anna Bernardini for doing the right thing!  Awesome job we are so proud of you!

  Is Ms. Jacqueline Jarvis here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating Anna

Anna, what would you like to do when you get older? 

Isis Cole

Lucas Crossing Elementary School

Normandy Schools Collaborative

Making a difference comes in so many ways, some big some little, but they all make an impact, recognizing the effort is part of who we are as an organization and we couldn’t be prouder to recognize this young lady here.  LeDominique Rhodes, who was kind enough to nominate Isis shared, “Isis was walking down the hallway of our school and found a twenty-dollar bill.  She immediately turned it in to her teacher.  Isis wanted me to know it was not hers and wanted to make sure it was returned to the student that lost it!” Holy cannoli Isis, twenty dollars??? That is awesome!    

Thanks to her honesty and compassion, her teacher knows she makes awesome choices, and she showed her classmates she can be counted on when she finds a treasure!  So today we are recognizing Isis Cole for doing the right thing!  Great job Isis! You are amazing!

  Is LeDominique Rhodes here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating her

Isis what would you like to do when you get older? 

Jaylen Harmon

Smithton School

Smithton School District 130

  We are so happy to have Jaylen here with us this morning!  Jessica Smith, who sent in his nomination stated, “I would like to nominate Jaylen Harmon for Do the Right Thing. He goes above and beyond in all of his classes. Jaylen has a lot of responsibilities at home, and he is always putting forth his best efforts in class. He never has an excuse for not completing work and will use his recess time and before/after school to ask questions and stay on top of assignments. Jaylen helps get his younger sisters to and from school each day; as well as, helping them with their homework. He holds the door open every morning and always says a smiling hello. Jaylen is always willing to help anyone who asks. I know he helps his mother at home with many things including helping his brother. Jaylen is an all-around amazing kid.”                     Awesome job Jaylen we are proud of you! 

       Thanks to his perseverance and compassion he has shown a great example of what a determined and successful young man looks like!  So today we are recognizing Jaylen Harmon for doing the right thing!  WOW, you are amazing! We are so proud of you!

  Is Ms. Jessica Smith here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating him

Jaylen what would you like to do when you get older? 

Bryley Jones

Smithton School

Smithton CU School District 130

Ok, before we start, were you here last April, standing in this spot as a top ten winner?  Shining above and going the extra mile is still a great way to describe Bryley.  Shana Gerberding who shared this nomination with us stated, “I am proud to nominate Bryley Jones for Do the Right Thing. It is rare to have a student so ready to do the right thing in the classroom every minute of the day, and I am pleased to say I have that in Bryley. Bryley is the first one to follow directions quickly, setting the most amazing example for her peers. She goes about her day with a quiet confidence. If a friend needs help? Bryley is there to help them. The teacher needs an extra set of hands? Bryley is there to assist. Her personality and demeanor make me so proud to be her teacher!” Wow, Bryley way to keep making great choices and doing the right thing!      

Thanks to her kindness and helpful actions  her teacher and her friends have someone there to lend a helping hand and a role model! So today we are AGAIN recognizing Bryley Jones for doing the right thing!  Awesome job Bryley, congratulations!

  Is Ms. Shana Gerberding here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating Bryley! 

Bryley, what would you like to do when you get older? 

Mason Montgomery

Jefferson Elementary

Belleville School District 118

Stepping up to do the right thing is on tap today, and it doesn’t stop here.  Mason was nominated by Ms. Caitlyn Barrow who shared, “Mason is an extremely hardworking student. He has overcome many adversities and struggles in his short life. He was put into our program because of an Individual Education Plan at a different school. Since Mason has joined our class, he has been nothing short of exemplary! He goes out of his way to make sure his friends are taken care of as well as his teachers. If anything happens out of the ordinary, he is the first one to step up and help control the chaos. Mason is a great friend and classmate to each of his peers. He is the first one to give hugs each morning and compliments when you don’t even know how badly you need one. Mason is absolutely the most deserving student to receive this award by accords of our entire class.”

Wow, Mason that is awesome!

Thanks to his kindness and compassion he has been a blessing to his new classroom and teacher!  So today we are recognizing Mason Montgomery for doing the right thing!  That is really nice Mason, keep it up!

  Is Ms. Caitlyn Barrow here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating him

Mason, what would you like to do when you get older?

Colton Palmer

Valle Catholic School

Archdiocese of St. Louis

Well look at this hero here who was nominated by Ms. Jan Weiler, who shared, “Colton and his classmates were in the lunch room having their lunch and socializing when Colton notice that his friend sitting next to him needed help. His friend suffers from a medical condition. Colton immediately realized he had to get help. He signaled for a teacher to come help because he didn’t want to leave his friend. His friend received the medical attention he needed and is back at school. Colton is a very kind-hearted and genuine friend to all!” Wow, way to step up Colton!

       Thanks to his astute observation and bravery he is an example other students and adults can look up to! So today we are recognizing Colton Palmer for doing the right thing!  That is an amazing act of bravery, we are incredibly proud of you!

  Is Ms. Jan Weiler here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating him!

Colton, what would you like to do when you get older?

Deondrick Patterson

Douglas Elementary School

Belleville School District 118

Oh, Deondrick was caught when he thought people weren’t looking.  Ms. Claire Hill, who shared the nomination for Deondrick stated, “From the moment Deondrick entered our school, I knew that he was capable of making a big impact-and a positive one at that. Having moved in from a different school, it would be really easy for Deondrick to try to sit back and take cues from others about how life functions at Douglas. However, every day, I see Deondrick step up and engage in small acts that show his true colors. One morning, I walked into school to find Deondrick picking up a jacket on the ground; I made sure to thank him, but something in my head went off, aka “my sixth teacher sense” and I felt there was more to the situation than met the eye. After talking with a student patrol in the area, I found out that Deondrick’s friend intentionally knocked the jacket off of the hook, to the ground while he was swinging his arms around. Deondrick had already mentioned to his friend that he didn’t think he should be behaving that way, but the friend continued, knocking the jacket on the floor, and simply walked away. What I walked into that morning was the friend walking out of the door- and Deondrick picking up the jacket.

Though this truly seemed like such a simple act, it spoke volumes to Deondrick’s character. Not only did he stand up for what was right by telling his friend that he should make a better choice, but he also quietly “righted” the wrong. He saw something that wasn’t right, assertively tried to correct it, and made steps to remedy the situation even though he did no wrong. And trust me- in 5th grade, it isn’t always easy to stand up against your friends! This wasn’t an act that Deondrick did because he knew he would get recognition-which is what makes the situation even more meaningful. Deondrick does good wherever he goes, regardless of who is around, because he wants to!”

Thanks to his kindness and fortitude, his teachers as well as other students have someone there to make great choices and encourage others to do the same!  So today we are recognizing Deondrick Patterson for doing the right thing!  That was great Deondrick keep it up! 

  Is Ms. Claire Hill here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating him

Deondrick, what would you like to do when you get older?  

Jaylen Shamble  

Union School

Belleville School District 118

All the libraries in the world are rejoicing in this one, as well as his classmates!  Ms. Katie Wilburn, who nominated Jaylen shared, “Like any 5th grade classroom, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel series is a huge hit! I have several copies in my class library. These get checked out very quickly by my students. Jaylen also has several copies of his own at home. He came to me the first week of school and asked if he could donate a book to our class library. He mentioned having two copies of the same Diary of a Wimpy kid book and knew his classmates would enjoy reading it. I was flattered by Jaylen’s selfless act. His thoughtfulness and kindness instantly shined. Not to mention, his classmates were very excited for their chance to read this new addition! Way to go Jaylen!”

Thanks to his kindness and generosity, he has shown everyone that a generous person with a big heart can make a difference to others! So today we are recognizing Jaylen Shamble for doing the right thing!  That is a really kind thing you did, keep it up!

 Is Ms. Katie Wilburn here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating him!

Jaylen, what would you like to do when you get older? 

Darrion Valentine

Compton Drew ILC Middle School

St. Louis Public School District

Wow, look at this great helper here!  Darrion was nominated by Ms. Susan Reid who shared, “Darrion is a very popular 8th grade student who has excellent grades and is an outstanding athlete. This year, he volunteered to be a “buddy” to a 6th grade student who is having difficulty making transitions. Each morning, Darrion makes sure that the student transitions to the gym for morning meeting and talks to him to make him comfortable. As a result of Darrion’s effort, his buddy demonstrates less anxiety and is learning to transition throughout the school more independently. Darrion has been kind, responsible, and caring in working with his buddy!”  Wow, we are really proud of you, Darrion!

Thanks to his kindness and compassion he has shown a schoolmate friendship, and been an example to other students to make a difference!  So today we are recognizing Darrion Valentine for doing the right thing!  You are awesome, and we are proud of you!

Is Ms. Susan Reid here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating Darrion!

Darrion what would you like to do when you get older?

Carter Williams

Jefferson Elementary School

Belleville School District 118

Watching a kid make a difference in those around him just warms our hearts.  Chyanne Rickert, who proudly nominated Carter shared, “Carter is the very definition of a leader. Every day this boy leads by example with his words and actions. He is incredibly insightful when making decisions and understands the impact his choices make on himself and others. The thing that astounds me the most about Carter is resilience against peer pressure and his positive influence on others. He has a remarkable way of befriending others, even the most struggling student, and encouraging greatness from them. I have never had a student before who is able to build a relationship with a student who is struggling, then gain their trust, and go on to influence them in a positive way. I have students who will be in a moment of conflict with peers and/or adults and Carter is able to talk it out with them in a way that they positively respond to. He encourages them to be more respectful, kinder, and to follow classroom rules with nothing other than a look and a short conversation. He can do this because he has built a relationship with these students and they trust him. He does these things naturally. When you observe this happening, it is easily apparent that he is making these choices because of the good character that is instilled in him. Not for recognition from me or anyone else. He genuinely strives to make smart choices and helps his peers do the same. The maturity and character he shows is nothing short of greatness— and to think he is only in second grade. Mark my words… Carter Williams will go on to do great things and I am honored to know him!”    

Thanks to his kindness and empathy for others he has made a difference in sharing the importance of positive choices to his friends and those he cares about.  So today we are recognizing Carter Williams for doing the right thing!  We are so proud of you keep it up!

Is Ms. Chyanne Rickert here? Stand up and take a bow, thank you for nominating Carter!

Carter what would you like to do when you get older?

Please enjoy KMOV’s Do The Right Thing YouTube Channel, where you can watch the ceremony below.

Congratulations to all of our winners, their families, and those that nominated them. If you know a kid who made the choice to “Do The Right Thing” be sure you nominate them using the link above!