The idea for the DO THE RIGHT THING Program was born in 1990 during a Miami Police Department awards ceremony when a teenager was recognized by the Chief of Police for turning in a loaded gun found at his school. DTRT Greater Palm Springs chapter President Terri Ketover (pictured left), a resident of Miami at that time, witnessed the impact the positive recognition had on this teenager and decided to join forces with the Miami Police Department to develop an ongoing recognition program for students.
DO THE RIGHT THING is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and rewarding school-age youths for positive accomplishments, behavior, and good deeds.
The program ensures that young people are not only rewarded for “doing the right thing,” but also publicly recognized as role models for their peers.
The Greater Palm Springs Chapter will accept up to 350 nominations each month from teachers, parents, police officers, and other adults in the community for school-age children in recognition of their good deeds or positive behavior.
With the assistance of the selection committee, up to five students will be picked as winners for that month. They will be invited to a ceremony at the Palm Springs Police Department where the Chief of Police will award them plaques and prize packages and they will be publicly recognized by program media sponsors KESQ and The Desert Sun.