Rogers 4th-grader earns award from RPD

Rogers 4th-grader earns RPD's 'Do The Right Thing' award
Posted on 12/09/2020

Rogers Middle School fourth-grader, Carmello Paulino, will be honored on Thursday by the City of Rochester Police Department. The 9-year-old will receive a “Do The Right Thing” award. He is scheduled to be part of a virtual presentation at 10:30 AM. Watch it via this link:

Paulino was nominated by his elementary principal last school year at Brookview, Mrs. Alicia Spitz, Rogers teachers Claire Hamilton and Cody Rogers.

From last March through August, including months when he was only learning remotely to finish elementary school, Paulino organized and collected food donations for the Irondequoit Community Cupboard. He built a lemonade stand out of a big box from Wal-Mart and ran it with his little sister, Vivienne. Proceeds were donated to Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester, according to their mother, Marci DeLario, a Resource Room teacher at Irondequoit High School. The money helped St. Joseph’s Northside fund a community barbecue where Carmello and Vivienne served the patrons food and drink.

Carmello also created two online petitions, the first one to get people to pledge to vote in the November election and the second to encourage people to “unplug” their electronics. He called it “Unplug to Reconnect.”

A member of Boy Scout Pack 420, Carmello is also part of the Irondequoit Soccer Club, Builders Club at Rogers and is learning to play trumpet in the school band. He enjoys hiking and fishing, loves school, and loves spending time with friends and family.

“Carmello is a caring, empathic, and good-hearted young man,” his Mom says. “He always thinks about others and shows this care through his community actions.”

Congrats, Carmello!