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 Clara Troutman with the twenty-ninth 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. Clara received a certificate of merit and a Barnes & Noble gift card! The Fund will also be donating to the charity of Sofia's choice an amount equal to the B&N gift card in Sofia's name.

Ms. Fanning, Clara's teacher and nominator, has this to say about her: 

Clara is uncommonly kind to [ everyone ] at school. She is always the first to volunteer to help out another person. She wrote a poem about being kind and shared it with the class when some friends’ feelings were hurt . . . She makes sure to include everyone in games and activities . . . She always puts others first, no matter who they are.

Kudos to you, Clara! We look forward to seeing what you pick up at Barnes & Noble!

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Clara Troutman with proud parents Scott and Melissa
Clara Troutman with proud parents Scott and Melissa
 

Clara with Elijah's Dad Tom Straw
Clara with Elijah's Dad Tom Straw

   
Sofia with Principal Batis (L) and school counselor Jennifer Squeglia (R)
Sofia with Vice Principal Ben Canan (L) & Principal Kristy Batis (R)

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

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