While the people of West Liberty, Ky., were still picking up the pieces of their town after it was struck by a Friday, March 2 tornado, Pettisville was preparing to come to their aid.
The West Liberty elementary school, where 270 students attend, was severely damaged. School offi cials and volunteers were setting up temporary classrooms in an old industrial building.
The Pettisville Local School District, with the assistance of ISOH/ Impact, Sauder Woodworking, and T.D. Beck Trucking, shipped a semitrailer load of student desks and tables to Kentucky.
The classroom furniture was from the old Pettisville school. Steve Switzer, district superintendent, said the desks and tables didn’t have much monetary value.
While they were not greatly valued in Pettisville, they were highly welcomed in West Liberty, where Vickie Oldfield, elementary school principal, was grateful for the gift.
There is a long tradition in Northwest Ohio of coming to the aid of people in need. It doesn’t matter who, because everyone are friends and neighbors, no matter if they live a few miles away or halfway around the globe; Northwest Ohioans are quick to respond. It is one of our more admirable traits.
Oldfield may have summed it up best when she said of the donated furniture, “We really appreciate it.”