Neighboring communities are caring

Words alone cannot explain the loss the Hopewell-Loudon community recently experienced. The Rainey family will forever be in our hearts and will forever be a part of the Hopewell-Loudon community. It takes a supportive and compassionate environment to get through times of great adversity, and that’s exactly what the Hopewell-Loudon Schools and community received. Numerous acts of kindness and support were shown to Hopewell-Loudon during this difficult time, and on behalf of the students, staff and board of education, we thank all of you, especially the following people and organizations:

James Lahoski from the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and his staff, including Jennifer Losey, Brenda Luhring and Heather Justen; the team from Tiffin City Schools, including Superintendent Gary Barber, Robert Boes, Nichole Jiran, Scott Daniel, Melissa Mellott, Karen Murphy, Chris Joyce, Suzanne Reinhart and therapy dogs Kennedy and Max, plus bus drivers, Randy Conger, Bryan Schalk, Sue Couch, Walt Szablewski, Garry Rennels, Patsy Hill, Randy Hoover, Brandon Perkins and Diane Ziegler; Rick Skilliter and the Critical Incident Stress Management team of Western Ohio; transportation assistance from New Riegel Superintendent David Rombach and the team of Mark Theis, Keith Piper, Janice Schreiner, Brian Zoeller, Larry Gillig, Lenny Theis and, from Fostoria City Schools, David Hossler and Alicia Swartzmiller; counseling services from Old Fort Superintendent Steve Anway, counselor Emily Shaw, Seneca East Superintendent Laura Kagy and counselor Heather Stockmaster; Sam Radel from the Ohio Education Association; Nancy Borders, Linda Lewis, Debbie Fahncke and therapy dog Anna from Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Toledo; Glenwood Middle School in Findlay for their video screen and sound system; Paul and Kristi Landers from Tiffin Dye-Namic Design for their plaque; and finally, thank you to Father Tim Kummerer, Pastor Dean Durant, Pastor Terry Steinhauser, Pastor David Culp and Pastor Amy Kinney.

We sincerely appreciate everyone who assisted Hopewell-Loudon School, staff and students, and apologize if we have missed anyone.

Being a lifelong resident of the Bascom area, I’ve always known how caring and compassionate the people of this community are. After this unfortunate circumstance, I now know how fortunate we are to have neighboring, caring communities that were there for us in our time of need. This outpouring from the surrounding area speaks volumes about our neighbors and is an example of how we should always be kind and help one another.

Thank you for your continued support and keep the Rainey family in your thoughts and prayers.

#RAINEYSTRONG

Sincerely,

David Alvarado, superintendent,

Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools

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