Fisher Elementary rallies around student, family after house fire

Guidance Counselor Sue Cleveringa (left) and School Nurse Paula Rutherford (right) present Kaitlyn and her family wtih gift certificates.

When Fisher Elementary second-grader Kaitlyn Hughes and her family lost all their belongings in a house fire Dec. 26, her teachers and classmates jumped into action.

The school organized a fundraising effort called “We Care for Kaitlyn’s Family”, raising $952.22 to help replace lost possessions.

Kaitlyn and her family were traveling the day after Christmas when a fire gutted their home. While the house remains standing, all the contents were lost.

“One of our themes for counseling is empathy – thinking about how other people feel – and compassion – putting empathy in action,” said Sue Cleveringa, guidance counselor at Fisher Elementary. “That is exactly what our school did.”

In one short week the school raised nearly $1,000 to put toward gift certificates to help the family get back on their feet. Someone also donated a gift certificate for a photography session to replace lost family photos.