Aurora Tolman is Utah Valley Student of the Week

by Nebo School District.

Aurora Tolman is a sixth-grade student at Mapleton Elementary in Mapleton. She has been chosen by the Nebo School District as the Daily Herald’s Utah Valley Student of the Week.

Aurora loves math and is in the advanced learning math program. She is also in a Modern Woodman youth service club, where she does service every month. She has won first place in several jazz dance competitions. Additionally she’s been in tumbling, plays the violin, and is in the school choir and school plays. She loves to sing, dance, read, make crafts, scrapbook, cook and play football. Aurora is in a blended family on both sides — one has nine kids and the other 10 children. At both homes she is a peacemaker, always willing to help and love everyone.

 This Christmas her family watched “The Christmas Project,” and her parents asked the family to think and watch for a family to help. Her mother was impressed with Aurora’s efforts.

“She made this personal,” said her mother. “Here in Mapleton most families are doing very well, all 11 of us were looking for a family to help. She found someone who truly needed it but no one knew, not teachers or principal. This family has very little and had more kids than anyone knew, had lost a job and didn’t have a running vehicle. She followed the spirit. The girl in her school didn’t say anything, Aurora just watched and followed the spirit. When we checked into it, there was a great need. We asked her how she knew, she said, ‘I just watched people and felt that she needed something more. I prayed to have a giving experience and know who needed Christmas. I felt that it was her more than anyone else I knew.'”

When she graduates from high school, Aurora would like to go to Brigham Young University, Snow College or Utah State University. She is interested in teaching or being a nurse, and is very excited to be a mother.

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