Team Uintah - Blow Kisses for Emily

(from left) Travis Young, Ryan Young, Uintah Schools Interim Business Administrator Jason Johnson, Christy Young, Lyam McKee, Uintah Schools Superintendent Mark Dockins, Gracey Young, Macy McKee, Mark Stratton, Karlee Stratton, Kevin Stratton Jr., Kevin Stratton Sr., Michelle Stratton, Rory Cook, Aurie Cook, Pearl Cook, Brady Cook, Uintah School Board President Kurt Case, Bill Cook, Melanie Cook, Gabe Cook, Uintah High School Vice Principal/Athletic Director Bill Sivert.

The Uintah School District has launched the Team Uintah program to recognize organizations and individuals who go the extra step to support our public schools in different ways.

Blowishes for Emily is a charitable organization that originated with two brothers: Mark and Kevin Stratton. Mark and Kevin’s purpose was to celebrate the life of their sister by holding an event that would give back to our school community.

Emily Stratton passed away in August 2014 on what should have been her first day of her sophomore year at Uintah High School. She was 16 years old and was a member of the cheer squad who friends and family remember as caring, compassionate and giving. Blowishes for Emily is a reflection of Emily's focus on helping others.

Mark and Kevin spearheaded the project and created a 5K fun run to raise money for student scholarships for Uintah High seniors. Over the course of 5 years, Blowishes for Emily has awarded $41,500 in scholarships to Uintah High graduates who are going on to college. This year the Stratton family also donated another $3,000 to Uintah School District’s Foods Program to help families who are behind on their student meal accounts.

"Mark and Kevin and their entire family come together to give back to our school district and celebrate the shining light of Emily Stratton," Uintah School District Superintendent Mark Dockins said.

"The entire family is an amazing example of what Team Uintah stands for," Dockins said. "They come together each year and give their love and compassion to our school community in order to help students in need."

Recently, Emily's mother Michelle started a grief support group in conjunction with Primary Children’s Hospital to help parents cope with the loss of a child. For inquiries about that support group you can contact Michelle at 5strattons@mysbsnet.com.

The Team Uintah program is based on the concept that our entire community must be united in a common effort to educate our children because we depend on each other to ensure our children get the best education possible.

The leadership of the Uintah School District believes we can only accomplish this if parents, business owners, community groups, and the school system work together to ensure our students learn the skills and attributes needed to be productive citizens.

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