Three Exeter-Milligan students, and their family, the Luke Meyer family of Ohiowa, lost their home in a fire on Thursday morning.
The oldest son, Blake, a 2021 Exeter-Milligan graduate was home at the time and was able to escape unharmed. He was also able to safely evacuate the family pets. No cause of the fire has been determined as of yet.
The fire department from Ohiowa was able to contain the blaze on the second story of the home.
Josh, a tenth grader at Exeter-Milligan, along with Emma, in ninth grade and Natalie in sixth grade were at school when the home caught fire.
Collections of money and gift cards are being gathered at the Exeter-Milligan school office and several other locations throughout the county. A go fund me page has also been established and there is an account in their name at York State Bank. Many have already donated enough clothing to fill the needs of the family.
According to Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield the students have taken the lead to help the Meyer family. They have organized a document for students and teachers to list items they plan to donate to the family. A junior, Hannah Busboom, is spearheading the project.
He added, “The response has been overwhelming! EVERYONE has gone out of their way to assist the family. This is just a testament to the family atmosphere within the Exeter and Milligan communities.”
The Meyers hope to rebuild their home in Ohiowa and are currently staying with family. Heather Meyer has expressed the families gratitude for the immediate and generous response, "We are at a loss of words for everything everyone has done. And thank you just doesn't feel like it's enough!"