Five-year-old Sidney Olson child was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer in Andover while crossing the street at Elm Square on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Andover Newshas been raising money through donations that will be given to the child's family.
The Olson family has established a scholarship fund at Andover-based SHED Children’s Campus to provide a vehicle for those wanting to help the family and the community.
This fundraiser is now closed. All proceeds from this GoFundMe campaign will be given to a scholarship fund for the school’s “curiosity-based” education for those who can’t afford it, including pre-K, kindergarten, and school-age programs.
You can make additional donations through the school's scholarship-specific.
The following is a statement from Eric Olson and Mary Beth Ellis on the fund:
“We’re grateful for the outpouring of love and support for our family and friends after the tragic death of our bright-eyed, five-year-old daughter, Sidney. Many in the community have asked how they can help, and this is exactly what our daughter would want you to do.
We’ve partnered with the SHED Children’s Campus to create the Sidney Mae Olson Rainbow Scholarship Fund in her honor. We plan to keep this fund going for years to come to keep her memory alive at the place that ignited her creative and caring spirit.
Sid sprung fearlessly into every day with curiosity, creativity, and love for her community. She wanted nothing more than for people to come together in shared experiences – in nature, in the classroom, anywhere.
She was known for her soft-spoken style of building bonds across groups, and memorably asked for her birthday party to be a rainbow theme because ‘it’s everyone’s favorite colors.’
In her spirit of boundless love and inclusion, we hope this fund provides opportunity to children who might not otherwise have it – and that it adds rich diversity to the SHED community for years to come.”