The Elijah Straw Memorial Fund

The Elijah Straw Memorial Fund and the entire Straw Family were honored to present O'Hara Elementary School second grader Birkir Asgeirsson with the nineteenth Elijah Straw Helping Hand Award for his 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. Birkir received a certificate of merit and a Barnes & Noble gift card! The Fund will also be donating to the charity of Birkir's choice an amount equal to the B&N gift card in Birkir's name.

Birker's teachers had this to say about him: “Birkir demonstrates our core values of Respect, Responsibility and Integrity and is an exceptional friend to all. He always has a smile on his face. He is a leader and has helped another new student. He encourages others to share. He is the first one to help and has great patience. A true friend to all.”

Good work, Birkir! And we agree about your smile; it's quite contagious, too!

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Caitlyn with her proud mom
Birkir (2nd from right) with Principal Kristy Batis (far left) and Vice Principal Stephen Edwards (far right) and Emily Torbert (2nd from left) and Rosie Nichols (center), fellow Helping Hand recipients!

Caitlyn with mom and Tom, Tally, and Jen Straw
Birkir with proud Mom Maren (far right) and fellow Helping Hand recipients Emily Torbert (left) and Rosie Nichols (right) and their proud parents and grandparent.

Caitlin (far right) Alex with fellow Elijah kid Alex Lima and Vice Principal Steve Edwards
Left to right: Tom Straw, Louise and Vance (parents of Emily Torbert), Emily Torbert, Amy Stein (mother of Rosie Nichols), Rosie Nichols, Colleen Carr (grandmother of Rosie Nichols), Birkir Asgeirsson, Maren Kristinsdottir (mother of Birkir), Jen Straw, and Natalia Straw.
  Caitlyn Novak
Birkir Asgeirsson

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