A Life Remembered

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

It's the 16th Annual Art and Science Fair at Hunter McGuire School, but there's something missing within these walls. The smile of an eight-year-old boy named Suman. Friend and classmate Ashley Lenhart says, "He always made sure everybody was alright when they got hurt." Students like Ashley are still trying to help the hurt that Suman's parents have endured. They continue to visit the Indian and American Cafe and send flowers and cards.

Friend Zachary Nordstrom says, "We just wanted to make them feel better. That's all." But a scholarship in Suman's name makes his father, Shym Strestha, smile even more. He says, "I was so happy. I was so excited because my son was lost."

A $10,000 donation was made by an anonymous family to Hunter McGuire School. It will go towards the education of children who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Barbara Cox is Head of School at Hunter McGuire. She says, "We were very excited about it as a school because Suman was such a part of our family and we want to continue to have his family as part of our school family."

The Strestha's believe education is very important. They will be involved in the student selection process and they are extremely grateful for all the support they've received. Mr. Strestha continues, "His name will stay on for a long, long time. We are so happy."

RMH is still finalizing a report based on the review of the case, but the entire investigation is complete. So far the family says they are not interested in a lawsuit.

If you would like to make a donation to the Suman Scholarship Fund you can call Hunter McGuire School at 248-2404.

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