Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fire fails to melt giving community

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 4/18/2014

RICHMOND — Members of the Central Heights school community have jumped into action again to help care for neighbors facing hardship — this time, a family with two students in the school district and a mother who serves on the school board.

Tom Horstick, Central Heights High School principal, said the school raised about $800 for the Sheldon family, which is reeling from the loss of its Princeton home in a fire Tuesday.

RICHMOND — Members of the Central Heights school community have jumped into action again to help care for neighbors facing hardship — this time, a family with two students in the school district and a mother who serves on the school board.

Tom Horstick, Central Heights High School principal, said the school raised about $800 for the Sheldon family, which is reeling from the loss of its Princeton home in a fire Tuesday.

The family — Kathy and Rob Sheldon and their two children Cole, 18, and Emilee, 14 — was not in the house when it began to burn Tuesday afternoon, but the home was destroyed and the family lost dogs in the fire, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said previously.

Other fundraising efforts were in the works, Horstick said, and the school’s community has reached out to help replace some special belongings.

“We’ve been able to get yearbooks replaced and some past cross-country shirts for Cole. We are working on getting pictures for them,” Horstick said.

Athletic teams at the school have been trying to raise money for the family, Jim White, Central Heights superintendent, said, and the school will accept donations to give to the family. Anyone with pictures of the family, yearbooks and other mementos related to the Sheldons could donate those belongings to the effort, he said.

“If anybody feels like they want to make a monetary contribution, they can do that,” White said. “If there are yearbooks or pictures, or anything with their children in them, those will be very meaningful to them.”

White said donations can be sent to the Central Heights school district office, 3521 Ellis Road, Richmond KS 66080.

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