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Do the Right Thing: Matai was a big help for his family, and the homeless

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Created: June 14, 2021 08:16 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— News10NBC is celebrating another winner of the “Do the Right Thing” award, meet Matai White, an eighth-grader from McQuaid.

A former teacher nominated him, she taught him when he was four and knew he would do great things.

Ms. Shauna Clark has kept in touch and says Matai is doing a lot to help those in need, from donating time, money, gift cards, blankets, and more to the homeless in his neighborhood.

Last year, Matai was starting taking care of his great grandfather when he was in hospice, doing everything. He lost his great grandfather in December but made such a difference in those final precious months.

Any student enrolled in grades k-12 in any Monroe County school is eligible for nomination. The good deed the student is nominated for must have occurred in Monroe County within one year of the nomination. Anyone over 18 years of age can submit a nomination form (this includes family, friends, school staff, coaches, etc.).

Nomination forms can be completed and submitted electronically or you can print the PDF form and email or fax the completed form. Forms are also available at any RPD building and any City school or City library.

Nominations can be emailed to or faxed to (585) 428-6093.

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