Orthodontist, Dr. Ron Cohen is finally able to award a young boy his computer for doing a good deed for someone else in his community. Ten year-old Holy Cross Elementary School student Andrew Travis, from Grabill, Indiana, helped an older woman with an oxygen tank load groceries into her car because “she looked like she was struggling,” says Andrew.
Dr. Cohen launched the Good Deed Contest in February of this year, and ended on May 13, 2011. The contest was open to any youth 18 years of age and under. Children 18 or under were urged to enroll in the Good Deed Contest by submitting an essay about a good deed they have accomplished.
“We all know that negativity will not improve a situation, but complimenting or rewarding a job well done will actually prompt more of those good activities,” explains Dr. Cohen. Rather than only focusing on the bad that continues to occur, he hoped that by making a bigger deal of these good deeds, more young children would be excited to go out there and commit random acts of kindness.
According to Dr. Cohen, “we all have a vested interest in providing a stable foundation of moral values to our youngsters. We believe that children deserve a helping hand in making their own choice between what is right or wrong. To make their own choice of how to reach their goals without compromising their morals is something we want to focus on.”
Dr. Cohen believes there is no greater joy for a parent than knowing that their children are on the right path. He presented the winner of the Good Deed Contest, 10-year-old Andrew Travis from Grabill, Indiana, his well-deserved laptop this past Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 4:45 p.m. Dr. Cohen hopes that Andrew will still be motivated to continue to make the right choices in life, and we look forward to the impact that his kind nature has on others in his community.
People helping people have been one of the prominent strengths of our country. During these hard economic times, the spirit of giving and helping is needed more than ever.