The East Palestine community is pulling together after house fires displaced several families from their homes in a short period of time.
Students, faculty, and community members are going the extra mile to help three different East Palestine families affected by fires in a six-month span.
The first was back in August 2018, on Vine Street. Two of the Jones girls who lived in the home were on their way to Kennywood for a school band trip.
“The girls found out about the fire, while they were on the bus, en route to our performance… and they were very devastated and upset,” said Jennifer Mollenkopf, director of the band.
Two months later, another fire tore through a home on Pleasant Drive.
Gary and Dawn Frazier were able to make it out safely. Their son Michael was at school. Michael Frazier says his classmates, and the community really stepped up to help him.
“People brought me clothes and everything. They really helped us like my family out a lot, and I really appreciate that and everything they’ve done for me,” Michael said.
This past weekend., a fire on Alice Street forced the Snyder family out of their home.
For the third time this school year, students came together to “pick-up” their classmate in a time of need.
Max Carvelli is good friends with Paige Snyder, who lived in the home.
“My mom found out about it. She went up there, she said it was pretty bad. So I just felt bad and I wanted to help out,” Carvelli said.
Carvelli, as well as other students, collected donations and provided their classmates affected
by these fires with necessities to help get back on their feet.
“Our town is very small so we always get together when something bad happens to a family or anybody. So we always want to pick someone up,” said Joclyn Fristik, an East Palestine high school student.
Students and faculty say it says a lot about the district, and also the community members who
are willing to pitch in.
If you want to help any of the four East Palestine students and their families who are affected by the recent fires, you can drop off donations to the high school’s main office.