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Student Spotlight: PUC Achieve’s Zaire Downs

Student Spotlight: PUC Achieve’s Zaire Downs

We’d like to congratulate Zaire Downs, an 8th grader at PUC Achieve Charter School, who was recently recognized with a “Do the Right Thing Award” by the Rochester Police Department!

The goal of the Do The Right Thing Awards Program is to foster positive relationships between the Rochester Police Department and other local police agencies with youth from Monroe County. Do The Right Thing Awards recognize youth for their positive behavior, accomplishments and good deeds by distinguishing school-age children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improved behavior.

Zaire is a founding student at PUC Achieve Charter School. He entered the school in 5th grade and is currently an 8th grader. Zaire is a phenomenal citizen. He cares about his community and decided to start a sneaker drive last fall. The purpose of the sneaker drive was to help students in need with gently used sneakers, so they were able to go back to school with confidence. This fall, the sneaker drive was very successful and touched the lives of many young people, including students at PUC Achieve. Zaire enjoys the arts and participated in PUC Achieve school productions. Zaire is also an athlete. He played on the PUC Achieve basketball team as well.

Zaire will also soon be honored with a an Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy (Individual) Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals NY, Genesee Valley Chapter.

Congratulations Zaire! Keep up the good work!

Click here to learn more about the City of Rochester’s Do the Right Thing Program.

Click here to learn more about the Association of Fundraising Professionals NY, Genesee Valley Chapter.