Rodeo benefits school resource programs that helped local tornado victims

Many peoples’ lives are finally getting back to normal after a tornado hit the Graves County in May, damaging more than 50 homes.

Family resource centers at local schools were there to help families who needed assistance.

Amber France’s life was turned upside down when the tornado demolished her home.

"We didn’t know what we were going to do until everyone started helping out, and it got us through," France said.

The family resource office at her son’s elementary school wasted no time helping the family get back on its feet.

"Cleaning supplies, food and clothes, everything we would need to try and pick up the pieces," France said.

Now resource centers at city and county schools will get help too. On Wednesday set up was underway for the county rodeo and fair. From the rodeo, 70 percent of proceeds go to schools.

It’s not just families at county schools that need the help. City schools have family resources too, and they need the help just as much.

Darline Bryson with Mayfield Elementary’s Family Resource Center says right now families are struggling to support their children’s educations, with 80 percent of city schools’ populations meeting the poverty level. 

"Even our working people are suffering right now, because we’re just trying to make ends meet," Bryson said.

This weekend Judge Executive Jesse Perry says the county has a reason to celebrate.

"Everything is getting back to normal, and I feel everyone has weathered the storm," Perry said.

"Getting there, getting there finally," France said.

This, with tornado victims like France on their way to some normalcy.

Last year each city and county school received $1,000 from the rodeo. A fair starts on Wednesday at the Graves County Fairgrounds. The rodeo is on Saturday.

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