The household of the 5-year-old Andover woman who was killed in a pedestrian crash final week has established a scholarship fund to honor their daughter who had a “spirit of boundless love and inclusion.”
In the wake of Sidney Olson’s loss of life, her household has created the “Sidney Mae Olson Rainbow Scholarship Fund” at Andover-based SHED Children’s Campus. Sidney was within the Springboard to Kindergarten program at SHED.
All scholarship donations can be used to fund enrollment to the college’s “curiosity-based” training for individuals who can’t afford it, together with pre-Ok, kindergarten, and school-aged applications.
“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,” her mother and father mentioned in an announcement. “Many in the community have asked how they can help, and this is exactly what our daughter would want you to do.”
Last Tuesday night, Sidney died following the tragic incident in Andover. She was struck by a tractor trailer truck on the intersection of Elm and Main streets, because the household was strolling to artwork class.
Sidney and one different member of the family traversed the crosswalk on Elm Street whereas the stroll signal confirmed it was nonetheless secure to cross.
Following the tragedy, the members of the family mentioned they plan to maintain this scholarship fund “going for years to come to keep her memory alive at the place that ignited her creative and caring spirit.”
“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,’ ” her mother and father mentioned.
“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,” they added.
The college is accumulating donations for the Sidney Mae Olson Rainbow Scholarship Fund by way of a scholarship-specific website at www.shedchildrenscampus.org/give/.
After the crash on Tuesday, the motive force of the truck stopped and was cooperating with police.
Several individuals who additionally have been within the crosswalk on the time weren’t struck, however have been taken to a neighborhood hospital as a precautionary measure.
The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office State Police Detective Unit have been investigating alongside detectives from the Andover Police Department.