House fire rallies support from area schools

House fire rallies support from area schools

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An area family felt as though they had lost everything when their house caught fire on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Slade Grove of Bay said his family received a phone call that nobody ever wants to get.

“We had a notification from a police officer in Bono that our house had been burned down and that there was nothing left,” Grove said. “We got there and about the only thing left was my mom’s room, we just kind of salvaged what we could out of there."

Such a tragic scene to return to, but family members are now finding gratitude because of what one school district and principal did next.

“We mentioned it to all of our staff and all the student body on Monday,” Bay principal Brad Brannen said. "Slade and his sister, Kyra, were not here that morning, so we took that time to mention it to the school. By that afternoon, we had raised $1,100.”

In addition to this, both of the sibling’s fees for extracurricular activities such as cheerleading and baseball were paid for.

“Then, we get a call before we head up to Mammoth for the game last night that said that they wanted to do something for him at halftime,” said Brannen. “At halftime, they raised over $500 for his family.”

But things didn’t stop there.

Another area school also heard about the tragedy.

“I got a phone call from Lee Wimberley at Manila High School," Brannen said. “His basketball team bought him a pair of shoes.”

So many acts of kindness allowed the Grove siblings the opportunity to go and purchase needed essentials.

“We took Slade shopping that afternoon," Brannen said. "We gave him half of the money and his sister the other half. We told them they could use it however they needed to use it.”

The support that the family has received over the past few days has been a humbling experience.

“Thank you and I can’t tell you how much it means to us,” Slade said. “It’s overwhelming really.”

Slade’s mother, Tina Grove, wanted to make sure everyone who has helped the family knows their kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.

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