A few moments before this picture was taken, her little friend Katelyn was crying because she didn't get an award. I saw Elora put her arms around her. I couldn't hear (from where I was sitting) what Elora was saying to Katelyn but I could tell she was consoling her. Elora kept patting her back in such a loving way.
Elora was chosen as Sparthenian from her 1st grade class.
You can tell Katelyn has still not quite recovered from her tears.I filmed the remarks Elora's teacher made about her, but the audio did not come out very well. So instead, I have printed out her teacher's words. I did this so not only will Elora have record of it later, but her Grandpa Dale and Grandpa Dennis, who were out of town today, can read it:
"Elora was a very easy choice this quarter. She has all O's on her report card. She excelled in every area academically. She mastered the DRA level 16 reading test the first time she took it. She received her reading medal that she's wearing it now, for the first quarter, which is quite an achievement. This is a goal for the end of first grade so we're very proud of her. She's such a good friend and a good helper in class. Always willing to help, anybody, even her teachers, which makes them very proud.
She has such a kind heart. She has a lot of friends. Everybody enjoys being around Elora. She told me that she loves to do centers in class and that her favorite thing is reading. She also said when she grows up she wants to be a magician. So I think that assembly had something to do with that. It will be fun later on to see if she shares some magic tricks. I am proud to present Miss Elora."