Rising from the ashes: Things begin to look up for Boley Elementary

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They say when it rains it pours and Boley Elementary went from a free standing building to a pile of ashes.

The West Monroe Fire Department has pictures of the lightening bolt they say started it all. It happened at exactly 3:31pm Saturday. 

However Tuesday, Boley Elementary got a new start with an over $16,000 dollar check from Walmart.

“Teachers lost a lot of things too, and this is going to help them replace things that they’ve spent 10, 20, 30 years building,” said Principal of Boley Elementary Sandy Bates.

Just one month before the fire that changed everything, crossing guard Jenipher Kigerl was literally knocked off her feet while working.

“I’ve been there three years, so the morning crowd is usually used to me being there,” she said.

The accident happened on March 11th, a driver hit her and all she could think was, “I don’t want anybody to run over me,” said Kigerl.

Kigerl broke a bone in her leg, but just like Boley’s community, she’s standing strong.

“It is amazing the support we’ve gotten from this community,” said Bates.

School will resume for students and teachers at Boley next week at Crosley Elementary and George Welch elementary. All operating as seperate schools. As for plans for the pile of rubbish that remains where Boley Elementary used to be,  “We’re taking this one day at a time, the only decision that they’ve made so far is to finish out this school year,” said Bates.

The answer is unclear, but Bates is hopeful for a Boley rebuild but that decision has not been made just yet. She says she can’t thank the community enough for its outpouring of support.

To learn more about how you can help the Boley recovery efforts click here

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