DOBSON — The first male recipient for the Carrie Elmore Award was named this week during a ceremony held at Dobson Elementary School on Wednesday. Ben Easter was named to the annual honor from the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation.
Student Courtney Scott started the Carrie Elmore Award in 2011 as her senior graduation project to honor her 10-year-old cousin and her battle against Ewing Sarcoma cancer.
Scott saw first-hand the hardships that her cousin and her family went through dealing with Carrie’s illness. She decided the Carrie Elmore Award would be a $500 award granted to the recipient to enjoy a day of fun and no worries. Carrie Hazelwood was the first recipient of the Carrie Elmore Award.
Elmore lost her battle with cancer in October, 2012. The award is given to any kindergarten through eighth grade student in Surry County Schools with a terminal or chronic illness to allow their choice of a fun-filled day which is all about them and their wishes. Easter is the fourth recipient of the $500 award.
According to Foundation Liaison Melissa White, Easter suffers from complications due to brain stem formation. He is the son of Greg and Melissa Easter. Ben’s sister, Lindsay, is 6 and his brother, Riley, is 4 years old. The award will make it possible for the 9-year-old and his family to go and see Grandfather Mountain, the Battleship North Carolina and to visit the Greensboro Science Center, which were on his wish list.
Scott and her family plan to continue the award in the Surry County Schools. Persons may send their contributions to the Carrie Elmore Award at the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, c/o The Carrie Elmore Award, P.O. Box 364, Dobson, NC 27017.
The establishment of the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation began in January 2011. The Foundation was created by a group of local business leaders who are passionate about education and the future of Surry County. Board members believe investing in children’s education will have an impact on the future economy of the County. The Foundation’s mission is to increase the level of education in the county by helping students pursue higher education and rewarding teachers with professional learning opportunities and extraordinary classroom projects.
Persons who want more information on the Foundation may contact White, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 386-8211.