The Elijah Straw Memorial Fund

The Elijah Straw Memorial Fund and the entire Straw Family were honored to present O'Hara Elementary School 4th grader Allie Watters with the tenth Elijah Straw Helping Hand Award for her exceptional friendship, kindness towards others, overall good citizenship, and most of all, for embodying the core values ("Respect, Responsibility, Integrity") of O'Hara Elementary School. Allie received a certificate of merit, a Barnes & Noble gift card, a pizza party for her classroom, and most importantly, a chance to donate an amount equal to her gift card to a local charity of her choice.

From Allie's award letter:

“Allie has been demonstrating a new level of friendship and maturity in the past few months. As one of her friends puts it, ‘Allie is loyal.’ Allie always handles all of her friends with grace, and responds to them with sincerity and kindness. Allie has developed a new level of trustworthiness, predictability, and dependable social skills. I have also seen Allie purposefully interacting with other students who have needs . . . Allie offers help to those in need, and she has a quiet, special way of finding something nice to say to everyone. Most of the time, you would never know these quiet little gestures are being extended. She does them unto others without fanfare, but if you watch and listen carefully, the soft friendship builders are a blessing to behold."

Allie gave an excellent Thank You talk to her class after the awards presentation. She has already decided that she wants to make her donation to a local orphanage, and she plans to use her gift card to buy something for her classroom.

Great work, Allie! You make your parents and your community very proud!

More Photos of Allie

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Allie with proud parents John and Shannon Watters
Allie with proud parents John and Shannon Watters
 

Allie with Educational Support Teacher Kim Iasella, who nominated Allie!
Allie with Educational Support Teacher Kim Iasella, who nominated Allie!

   
Allie with Principal Mike Rowe
Allie with Principal Mike Rowe
  Allie with the Straws: Natalia, Jen, & Tom (kneeling) & parents John & Shannon
Allie with the Straws: Natalia, Jen, & Tom (kneeling) & parents John & Shannon

And last but not least, a photo we simply couldn't resist:

Allie & Tally!

Allie & Tally!

A force to be reckoned with!

Please consider donating to the Elijah Straw Memorial Fund using the link below:

You may also hand-deliver or mail donations to:

Elijah Straw Memorial Fund
PNC Bank 915
Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Make checks payable to "Elijah Straw Memorial Fund"

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