The Elijah Straw Memorial Fund

The Elijah Straw Memorial Fund and the entire Straw Family were honored to present O'Hara Elementary School fifth grader Emily Torbert with the twenty-first 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. Emily received a certificate of merit and a Barnes & Noble gift card! The Fund will also be donating to the charity of Emily's choice an amount equal to the B&N gift card in Emily's name.

Emily's teachers had this to say about her: “Emily is kind and gracious to everyone. She helps anyone who struggles and reaches out when someone needs a friend.”  Mr. Funk added, "She is one of the nicest 5th graders that I know.”

Good work, Emily! By the way, Mr. Funk also stated that you have many qualities that remind him of our dear Elijah. So, you pretty much had usat "hello"! We wish you the best of luck as you take your kindness and empathy into middle school and beyond!

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

Caitlyn with mom and Tom, Tally, and Jen Straw
Emily (2nd from left) with proud parents Louise and Vance, and fellow Helping Hand recipients Rosie Nichols (4th from right) and Birkir Asgeirsson (2nd from right) with 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
Emily Torbert

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