BGEC Student Does the Right Thing!

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Thursday, February 29, 2024

     Do the Right Thing of Miami, Inc. and the City of Miami Police Dept. honored students who go above and beyond at school and in their communities during a ceremony in January.

     Recognized was Natalie Garcia, a seventh grader at Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. The organizations gave Natalie the award after she showed compassion and cared for a younger student at her school. 

     “Natalie is a remarkable example of a positive role model who exemplifies what it means to be resilient and provides a positive outlook for others,” said Dayana Sanchez, administrative assistant for Do The Right Thing of Miami Inc. 

     Natalie and her schoolmate share a condition and due to Natalie’s kindness, the student received a boost of confidence, said Sanchez. 

     Sanchez said the pair have a “remarkable bond.” 

     Natalie received a tablet; a plaque; a free pizza from Papa Johns; an Amazon gift card; two tickets to a Miami Marlins game; tickets to Zoo Miami and a trip aboard Island Queen Cruises & Tours.

     U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Naples and U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Miami, wrote letters to congratulate Natalie.

    Shown in the photo from left, Papa Johns mascot Mr. Slice; Miami Police Asst. Chief Armando Aguilar; Bob Graham Education Center Teacher Cindy Inturmendi; Natalie Garcia’s mom Linda Garcia and brother Nathan Garcia; Natalie Garcia; Miami-Dade County Police Maj. Samuel Bronson; Do The Right Thing of Miami, Inc. Vice President Juanita Walker and Miami Dade Schools Police Dept. Maj. Joseph Bevilacqua.