Petrolia CISD students, faculty help teacher affected by tornado

Petrolia CISD students, faculty help teacher affected by tornado

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A family affected by Tuesday’s storm in Charlie is thankful for the amount of support they’ve received.

“We have an unbelievable community out here and have some amazing friends and family,” said Wendy Coker, a Petrolia High School teacher.

A damaging tornado ripped through northern Clay County near Charlie, Texas Tuesday afternoon leaving her and her family without a home.

Lamce Lylex, a PCISD teacher tells us he noticed how damaged Coker’s house was on Tuesday just minutes after the tornado touched the ground.

“I drive the bus out here so I had just dropped kids off thirty minutes before the tornado hit. I was on my way back to Petrolia and I could see the wall cloud forming, so after it passed I came back out here and saw the damage,” said Lylex.

Therefore, Wednesday morning Petrolia High School students and faculty jumped on a school bus and headed to Coker's home to help clear it out.

"I think it's very helpful that we can come out and help our community and just support each other," said Hannah Holley, a Petrolia High School student.

"Life is full of tragedies and everyone has to face them," said Lylex. "At those times people have to come together and help out those in need."

Coker tells us her community is amazing, therefore this act of kindness was not surprising to her.

"When things happen, they really come to your rescue and are always there for you," said Coker.

"I just think this is a good example for themselves, their friends, the state, and country to show compassion and show the sense of community that they are showing right now," said Josh Cox, a Petrolia High School teacher.

Family members of Coker created a fundraiser on Facebook to help pay for repairs because Coker and her family don’t have home insurance. Coker tells us they canceled it in December after her husband lost his job.

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