Ariel Cabrera Quiroz, 2017 Carrie Elmore Award Recipient
  • The 2017 recipient of the Carrie Elmore Award is Ariel Cabrera Quiroz, a third grader at Rockford Elementary School.  Ariel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2015 and underwent chemotherapy treatments that kept him homebound during the 2015-2016 school year.  He returned to school for the 2016-2017 school year, but remains under a doctor's care, and receives chemotherapy twice a month.  Ariel loves to play in the water, and wants to go to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC.  Carrie’s family gave Ariel a $500 gift card to Great Wolf Lodge to make that wish come true!  Sherry Scott, aunt of Carrie Elmore, also presented Ariel with a large bag of water toys and apparel. Ashley Mills, SCS Educational Foundation Liaison, coordinated the presentation and award with the family.

    Carrie Elmore’s family members attended the presentation of the award at Rockford Elementary School on May 26, including her mother, Kristy Elmore, and brother, Lee Elmore, her aunt, Sherry Scott and cousin, Kayla Scott.  They are proud of Courtney Scott Oakley’s commitment to her cousin, and for establishing this generous award.  “This gift helps the recipient to have a fun day without thinking of doctors and hospitals.  We just want him to have a great time!” Sherry said.

    Others in attendance at the award presentation were Ariel’s mother, Maria, Dr. Travis Reeves, Superintendent of Surry County Schools, Molly Anderson, Principal of Rockford Elementary School, Sue Stone and John Priddy of the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation Board, and Alejandra Linares of Rockford Elementary School.

    Ariel’s mom expressed her gratitude to the family members, saying “Thank you for giving this happy day to him!”

    For more information about the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation or the Carrie Elmore Award or to make a donation to the Carrie Elmore Fund, please visit or call Ashley Mills, Foundation Liaison, at (336) 386-8211.