Charron Hall, 10, was honored for her honesty on Wednesday. She found a wallet full of money at the park and promptly returned it to its owner. | Post-Tribune
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:13AM
GARY — For the older students at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, Wednesday was devoted to learning about the opportunities offered by a college education.
But during a break in presentations from various graduates, students in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades also learned a little about the benefits of honesty and selflessness.
“I’m here today to talk about doing the right thing,” Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said. He told a story about a young girl who found a wallet “with lots and lots of money.” No one was around when she discovered it.
Without hesitation, Charron Hall, 10, located the owner and returned the wallet.
Buncich summoned Charron, a fifth grader, from her seat in the bleachers to accept a plaque engraved with her name.
As her fellow students applauded and cheered, Charron wiped tears from her eyes and shyly declined to take the microphone.
Her father, Shawron Hall, didn’t hesitate to speak. “I am so proud of my daughter. It’s important to believe, pray and be honest to yourself,” he said. The recognition by the sheriff “shows doing the right thing really does pay off,” he added.
After posing for photos, Charron said she was at a picnic at Wicker Park last month when she saw a wallet left on the sink.
She peeked inside and saw a woman’s picture on her identification and marched it right out to her.
The owner later contacted officials about honoring Charron for her honesty.