Fundraiser planned for family who lost home in explosion

The BCLUW School District is coming together Friday night to help one of its own who lost her home in an explosion Sunday.

A special fundraiser chili and chili dog meal will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in the commons area at BCLUW High School in Conrad as the school hosts home basketball games against West Marshall.

BCLUW food service director Joni Sanderson and her husband Bobby were not injured in the explosion but have been displaced from their home in Beaman after a gas leak led to the incident.

“The staff here at BCLUW wanted to do something for them,” said Karen Hammers, a family and consumer science and health teacher at the high school who is one of the organizers of the benefit. “They have been supportive of our school and we wanted to give back.”

Hammers said the staff came together quickly and wanted to get an event planned to help. The school staff is donating the food for the event.

“When we heard what happened, everybody really felt for them,” Hammers said.

Hammers said when there are events to help others, Joni Sanderson is one of the first to offer up her time.

“She’s helped out at all types of different events,” Hammers said.

The students are also helping with the event as cheerleaders plan to help serve the meal and have made posters promoting the event at the school.

Cost of the meal is a free will offering with donations made going directly to the Sanderson family. The varsity girls game begins at 6:15 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 7:45 p.m.

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