NewsCenter 16 believes there are many young people out there doing positive things every day.
That's why we sponsor a St. Joseph County Sheriff's Program called Do the Right Thing.
Four times a year a group of young people is honored for doing the right thing in a variety of situations.
One of the latest recipients is a Jefferson Intermediate student, Alyena Colvin.
..."Alyena, otherwise known in her neighborhood as the, 'Shoveler Extraordinaire', is a caring and compassionate 5th grader," said Sergeant Bill Redman of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department.
Alyena Colvin got her nickname because of the winter work she volunteers to do for her neighbors.
"In the winter she and her dad shovel for several elderly neighbors," said Sergeant Redman.
Last fall, those neighbors gave back to the 6th grader by donating as she raised funds for a worthy cause.
"Recently she had a lemonade stand where she collected about $200 for Hurricane Katrina victims. She gave all the money to the Red Cross," explained Sergeant Redman.
Alyena doesn't take all the credit however. "It wasn't just me, it was my friends and there were about 10 of us and we got together and raised about $237 dollars and donated it to Red Cross for victims."
Sergeant Redman continued, "At school, her teacher, Jennifer Horner, describes her as a natural leader who is attentive and industrious."
That's just one of the many reasons why Ms. Horner, Alyena's teacher at Jefferson Intermediate Center nominated her for the Do the Right Thing Award.
"Alyena is a high honors student who is currently involved in cross-country, basketball, orchestra and student council," said Sergeant Redman.
Alyena says, "I like to do sports to stay active and be healthy."
"She is dependable, trustworthy and her performance is outstanding in class," said Sergeant Redman. "Her service to others makes her a prime example of someone who chooses to do the right thing."
Not stopping yet!
Eleven-year-old Alyena isn't stopping her work just yet. She's already planning to raise money during this year's hurricane season.