School system raises money for Clinton teacher who lost everything in fire

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Clinton City Schools hopes the community will come together to help a teacher whose house and car burned to the ground in a fire on Monday.

“I was sitting at home and I got a text message from a coworker – all it said was that Caryl’s house had burned to the ground,” said fellow math and science teacher at Clinton Elementary Christin Webb. 

“We received notification and the fire department had just arrived on the scene,” said Director of Schools Kelly Johnson. 

Caryl Wetherington, a fifth-grade teacher at Clinton Elementary School, was at home when the fire started, but she and her husband made it out safely.

“I think she heard some popping noises and then it actually started burning while she was in the house and it happened so fast,” said Webb. “Just hearing that her house burned to the ground, we — I think when we found out her house was actually still burning.” 

Unfortunately, Wetherington’s purse, cell phone, and laptop were the only items saved, after she ran back inside to get them.

With tragedy striking so close to home, within an hour, Webb’s first response was what can we do for the woman who has taught at CES for more than a decade? 

“My friend just responded, ‘Could you do a T-shirt?'” she said

Te design was made that night and so was the goal to sell 50 shirts. Within 24 hours they had already sold 57. 

The shirts read, “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke. #WeLoveThe Wetheringtons” and is also taking donations at the central office to help the couple rebuild.

“I think it’s going to keep growing, especially when school gets back in and more people find out, Clinton is such a great community where they just rally around people,” said Webb. 

“We have teachers that live in other communities and areas that have made a special trip back to Clinton just to come to the central office to give money, we’ve had retired teachers that have gotten online too,” said Johnson. “I think right now with it being just two-days out you know the world is spinning and you’re still trying to process, I think at this point she’s just thankful that she and her husband are ok.”

Click here for more information about the shirts being sold to support the Wetheringtons. 

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