Madisonville teacher to collect cards for family

Madisonville teacher to collect cards for family involved in deadly wreck

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The Barhorst family (source: Michele Barhorst's Facebook) The Barhorst family (source: Michele Barhorst's Facebook)

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MADISONVILLE (WATE) - Three Monroe County teachers are collecting cards and gifts for the family involved in a deadly wreck in Ohio.

The Barhorst family was traveling on Interstate 75 just outside of Cincinnati when they were hit by a driver headed the wrong way on the interstate.

The parents - Scott and Michele Barhorst - were killed.

Tori Barhorst, 8, Hailie Barhorst, 9, Logan Barhorst, 11, and Tyler Barhorst, 18, survived and are still recovering from their injuries.

The eldest of the children is home with his grandparents, while the three young girls remain in the hospital, one still in ICU.

And just days after the accident, dozens of people from the Madisonville community joined together at the Madisonville Primary school to drop off gifts for the children.

Volunteer fire fighter Kenny Mize doesn't know the Barhorst children but he hopes a card filled with kind words and stuff animals to cuddle with, will bring some comfort.

"There's not much they can get but there's one little bit of comfort we can give them, its worth every bit of it," Mize said. He took a large card to businesses around Madisonville for people to sign.

The effort was started by Becky Ogle, who teaches Logan.

"It doesn't matter if it's a card or a gift, we want them to know they're loved," Ogle explained.

The three teachers will drive more than 300 miles Thursday morning to Ohio to be with the children at the hospital.

"For them to see [their] teacher's face, you see them all year, because we spend so much time with our kids, [we want] to be a caring hand that's reaching out to them," said Melissa Moree, Hailie's 3rd grade teacher.

In addition to the gifts, prayers and well wishes, the school is donating a Kindle Fire to each of the children in the hopes of providing some distraction.

"We want something they can have to keep them busy," Ogle said.

The teachers hope the Kindles will also be a way for the children to stay in touch and with the bright orange covers acting as a reminder for those that love them in East Tennessee.

"Everything's going to be so different for them since they're not getting to come back here," Moree said. "They're going to stay with their grandparents [in Ohio]. We'll let them know we're thinking about them, we still care about them."

The teachers will be posting photos and updates of their trip to Twitter. They will be using the hashtag #MISBarhorst.

Funeral arrangements have also been made for the parents, Scott and Michele Barhorst. A viewing will be held Friday from 2:00-8:00 PM at Miller Funeral Home in St. Mary's, OH. The funeral will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Guadeloupe Catholic Church in Montezuma, OH.

Memorial gifts may be given to a college fund for the Barhorst children.


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