So many times children make the news for doing the wrong things in life. However, the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department and WNDU-TV features children who choose to do the right things in life.
One of the latest recipients is a 4th grade Elsie Rogers student.
Joseph Boone will be going into the 4th grade at Elsie Rogers School in Mishawaka.
He was such a standout student last year, his Teacher, Dan Osler nominated him for the St. Joseph County Do the Right Thing Award.
"This 9-year-old always sets a good example for his classmates and approaches new situations with a positive attitude," said Sergeant Bill Redman with the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department. "Respectful, responsible, reliable and ready to learn, that's how Teacher Dan Osler, describes Joseph Boone. He says he has witnessed countless acts of selfless behavior toward peers and adults by Joseph."
"First I was surprised. I was happy but surprised," says Joseph, when he found out he won the Do the Right Thing Award.
Joseph, who is a member of the Elsie Rogers spell bowl team, says he puts a lot of time into studying.
"Some of the words are easy, but sometimes it's a challenge. It matters what words I have to spell," says Joseph.
Sergeant Redman said Joseph, "...also displays acts of compassion toward others, helps struggling students or tries to cheer up a friend. His life ambition is to be a doctor. He is the 11th of 12 children to his parents Lee & Elizabeth Boone. Joseph enjoys football, basketball and reading. His compassion toward others makes him a perfect winner of this award."