Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New program recognizes good deeds of youths

‘Do the Right Thing’ program supported by local agencies

Express Staff Writer

Craig Aberbach

The Hailey fire and police departments have joined with the Blaine County School District in implementing a new program to reinforce positive behavior among youths in the community.
    The “Do the Right Thing” program is a nationwide endeavor that recognizes thousands of youths each month. The program now in place in Hailey is the first ever in Idaho.
    Hailey Fire Chief Craig Aberbach initiated the program after seeing how successful it worked in his former community in Florida.
    “I saw first-hand how this program impacts youth in a positive way,” Aberbach stated in a news release. “My experience was motivating and rewarding. I am excited to start a similar program here.”
    Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter stated that he supports the program because “we have a lot of positive things going for our community. Do the Right Thing is a way for groups like the city of Hailey and the Blaine County School District to come together and encourage young people to continue making healthy choices and using wise judgment.”
    School District Communications Director Heather Crocker stated that all eight of the schools in the district will participate in the program.
    “We want to recognize students regardless of which city they live in; this is for our entire community,” Crocker said. “The plan is to recognize students for doing the right thing wherever they are at the time.”
    To that end, nominations for recognition can come from anyone in the community.
    “Youth can do the right thing both inside of school and outside of school,” Aberbach stated. “We want to involve everyone in the effort to recognize youth for doing the right thing.”
    Program organizers are seeking members of the community to serve on a volunteer steering committee. For more information on the program, contact Aberbach at (208) 788-3147.

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