O’FALLON – A young O’Fallon resident and student at Delores Moye Elementary School won a regional award that recognizes positivity in area youth. Camden Cox, a fourth grade student at Moye, won the Do The Right Thing award in November.
According to their website, “Our mission is to develop and promote positive choices by the youth of our community. Driven by the collective efforts of police departments in the Bi-State Region, Do the Right Thing of Greater St. Louis opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth by recognizing kids’ positive behaviors and actions.” Do The Right Thing has several corporate sponsors, including Memorial Hospital, Lindenwood University, the Science Center, the Magic House and more. The ceremony to honor winners is held at the St. Louis Police Headquarters downtown.
Jamie Cox, Camden’s mom, is a third grade teacher at Moye and explained that Camden was one of ten winners across the Metro-East region for the month of November out of over 100 nominations.
Camden was nominated by his teacher, Lisa Poignee, for his actions helping out students that were new to not just Moye, but to District 90 and O’Fallon.
“On the first day of school, Mrs. Poignee asked if anybody wanted to be their lunch and recess buddy. On the second day, she asked for new people to volunteer, and no one raised their hand, so I volunteered again so they didn’t see that no one raised their hand,” Camden explained.
Camden served as a lunch and recess buddy for the new students, showing them the ropes of purchasing lunches, inviting them to sit with him so they weren’t alone, and showing them around the playground and going over routines and rules.
“Especially by fourth grade, some of the groups of friends are already developed, and he’s in class with several of his best friends, so it was nice that he was welcoming these new students into an established group of close friends, and they’ve become part of that circle,” Jamie said.
For being one of the ten winners, Camden won a basket with gift certificates to the Magic House, McDonald’s, a $25 Visa gift card and other goodies.
“He’s always been a very compassionate child and always roots for the underdog. He’s very aware of other people’s needs and emotions. His father, Troy, and I are very proud, but not necessarily surprised that he would do something like that,” Jamie said, and continued “He said ‘It’s not a big deal, Mom. It’s just what people should do.”
For more information on the program or to look into how to nominate someone, visit dotherightthingstl.org.