School, SRO earn Do the Right Thing honors

Sperreng Middle School recently was named the 2007-2008 Missouri Do the Right Thing School of the Year.

At the Do the Right Thing kickoff breakfast last month, Sperreng received a $500 check and a banner for its accomplishment.

Sperreng consistently has participated in the Do the Right Thing Program since its inception.

The program partners local media, law enforcement, businesses and schools and recognizes and encourages youth for the good things they do.

As School of the Year, Sperreng was recognized for having the most nominees for the entire 2007-2008 school year.

As an extension of the Do the Right Thing Program, Sperreng students are recognized by their teachers, peers, neighbors and businesses as “OK.” School Resource Officer Michael Kaufman started the OK — Officer Kaufman — recognition certificate.

The OK certificate congratulates pupils for demonstrating that character counts and special recognition is given during their lunch period. These OK pupils then are nominated for a Do the Right Thing Award.

Kaufman also was recognized by the Do the Right Thing program for nominating more children for the award than any officer in the 15-year history of the program.

“I am so proud of all our students who have been recognized through the Do the Right Thing program,” Todd Morgan, Sperreng seventh-grade principal, stated in a news release. “Officer Kaufman has been instrumental in getting the recognition that these kids deserve.”