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Do the Right Thing

Each month our R-9 Board of Education presents "Do the Right Thing" awards.  Congratulations to all the recipients of this award.

August 2017 Do the Right Thing Award

Daisy Pelico Gonzalez, Second Grade, Fairview Elementary School


Nominated by Sammy Esposito and Holley Goodnight:

“On Friday afternoon after summer school, Daisy Pelico Gonzalez brought a little kindergarten girl to Tech North who was lost and didn’t know how to get home after getting off at the bus stop.  Daisy first tried to help the girl find her house, but after not having any luck, she decided to go back to a school where she could find a responsible adult to help.  She was very kind and helpful to this little girl who was new to this “school thing” and just learning the ropes.” 

April 2017 Do the Right Thing Award

Bright Futures Carthage and Soroptimist partnered together to put on an empowerment event for junior high girls called “Dream It Be It” on February 23rd.  The event included snack, introduction and game time, along with three breakout sessions.  The sessions covered career choices, discovering your personality, and positive stress relief with yoga!  Each young lady received a goodie bag to take home that included a Dream It Be It bracelet as a reminder of their experience!


Fourteen professional women, along with four community volunteers, six junior high staff members, and five senior high girls, gave their time to come and provide a fun, informative, and inspiring experience for 36 young women at Carthage Junior High!  Through participation as registrars, greeters, group leaders, game players, and servers, these role models created a positive atmosphere of caring and encouragement!  During one breakout session, four of the women also shared how they came to be in their current career and discussed career interests the students might have.


The Soroptimist mission is to improve the lives of women and children in the community.  Bright Futures Carthage is thankful for their generosity and partnership in making a difference in the lives of Carthage R-9 students!


Presenter:  Niki Cloud, Board Member

Soroptimist members: Susan Wendleton, Marge Rogler, Carey Prater, Lora Phelps, Mary Ann Morgan, Judy Moore, Emily Elwell, Sandra Dewitt, and Amy Campbell. 

Not present to receive awards:  Debbie Anderson, Amy Cole, Rachel Moffett, Valenda Moore and Karen Wright.

March 2017 Do the Right Thing Award

March 2017 Do The Right Thing Awards were presented to the Carthage R-9 Maintenance Department, Transportation Department, IT Department and Food Service Department for completing the move to the new intermediate center so smoothly.  Pictured:  Dan Hill, R-9 Maintenance Director; Todd Buerge, R-9 Transportation Director; and Jeff Jones, Board Member.

February 2017 Do the Right Thing Award

Nominated by Terri Pickering, Fairview Elementary Christmas Parade Chair
Richard and Quetha Bassham and Burnard and Marsha Cristy are examples of what it means to be partners in education.  For the past 8 years the Basshams and Cristys have made it possible for our school to have an entry in the Carthage Christmas Parade.  They have provided trucks, trailers, and supplies so that each year more than 75 students have the opportunity to ride in the parade.  They have added decorations and special features to the entries each year, too.  Fairview students and staff are grateful to the Basshams and Cristys for dedicating their time, talents, and resources to make this activity a huge success.  They truly have a heart for our Fairview kids.

October 2016 Do The Right Thing Award
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Jonathan Giron, Grade 12, Carthage High School, received a Do The Right Thing Award at the October 17 Board of Education Meeting.  Jonathan was nominated by his teacher, Caroline Tubbs, who stated:  “Whenever we have a work session or group work, Jonathan, who always has the reading finished, gets up quietly and helps his fellow classmates.  He does not give them answers; he questions and helps them find the answers/ideas.  I want to nominate Jonathan for the Do The Right Thing award to recognize the “above-the-call-of-duty” work he gives.   Pictured with Jonathan and Mrs. Tubbs is Board Member Tony Diggs.