Benefit party held for local couple
Blaine high school teacher Robb Bouma awoke early on January 6 to see if the snow had cancelled school for the day. Instead, he discovered his home on fire.
Bouma, who teaches science and will soon coach the golf team, and his wife, Marea, a second grade teacher at Lynden Christian, lost most of their possessions in that fire, and were recently at a benefit in their honor hosted at the Pastime Tavern in Blaine.
�We�re in great shape now, thanks to a lot of people,� said Robb Bouma, who estimated that only about 25 percent of their possessions were covered by insurance. �But you know, we went to Africa on a mission last summer, and after that experience material stuff doesn�t mean as much.�
The Boumas, awaiting the completion of their new home, were living in a small second-story apartment in a barn owned by relatives. The barn was consumed by the fire in less than 20 minutes. Both of the Bouma�s vehicles were lost as well.
The benefit raised $2,100 for the Boumas, Blaine high school principal Dan Newell said. In addition, Blaine school personnel rounded up more than $1,200 earlier this month. �That�s the kind of stuff that happens at a small school,� he said.
Dan Morgan, a retired teacher, attended the benefit to support the Boumas because he was supported in the past. �Fifty years ago I lost my house while teaching in Wilbur, Washington, and they held a benefit for me, too, so I had to come to this one.�
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Boumas, should contact the Blaine school district at 332-6045.