After the loss of this six year old student, the community and UDA gathered together to honor Sierra’s life and give back to local families in need. UDA participated in the Festival of Trees, an event where every penny raised is used to give “A Gift of Love” to children at Primary Children’s Hospital. UDA created a beautiful tree which was purchased by an anonymous individual for $5,500. The anonymous buyer then gifted the tree to Sierra’s family. This tree is still up in the Newbold home after six years and stays in the home permanently in memory of Sierra.
The following year, UDA continued to pay tribute to Sierra by participating in Sierra’s Sub 4 Santa, a Christmas charity that provides gifts for children and families in need. Through a nomination and application process, Sierra’s parents select families to receive Christmas gifts and donations. UDA reaches out to the selected families to gather the children’s Christmas lists and wraps the presents. The UDA administrative staff, families and Sierra’s parents deliver the presents to the families on Christmas eve. Throughout the past three years, UDA families have collected 785 gifts and raised $2,418 for local families and children.
Each year Sierra’s Sub 4 Santa event begins by celebrating Remembering Sierra Week. Throughout this week each dancer wears pink and purple (Sierra’s favorite colors) and chooses an ornament from the studio’s Christmas tree.
With the heartfelt leadership of UDA owner, Brooke Maxwell, the studios’ generous families, and Sierra’s loving family, Sierra’s memory will be carried on and continues to light up the world.