Updated: 04/10/2014 4:29 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 2:38 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath
Nine students were honored for making a difference in the community at the Rochester Police Department's “Do the Right Thing” award program on Thursday. As we learned today, sometimes it's the little acts of kindness that can make a big difference.
Diamante Swift has got moves. “What made me love dancing is that I feel it from my heart."
A feeling he shared with a child with special needs who was struggling with a dance number at a talent show at Edison Tech High School. Swift said, “He was shy at first and I just I felt bad for him because everyone was laughing at him and everything so I helped him. And he was brave and he got on stage and he did what he had to do."
Diamante taught the student how to dance and gave him a confidence boost. “I told him I said it don't matter if you win or lose. Even if you win or lose, you still win, you still have it as long as you dance as long as you love it, you win.”
There were several other students who were honored as well. One found a wallet full of cash on the bus and returned it to the person who lost it. Another student organized a school fundraiser to collect food for a local pantry.
All nine winners were recognized for doing the right thing today.
Norma Smith of the Rochester Police Department said, “The nominations we get, it's so hard to decide who gets the award and who doesn't. The kids are just wonderful."
The kids received a trophy among other prizes encouraging them to keep up the good work.
Congratulations to all nine winners!