Mark Ensor, a sixth-grade math teacher at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, recently lost his home and all of his belongings in a fire, said Pam Keohane, whose daughter attends the school.
"The only thing he has left is his car and his dog," Keohane said. "His dog was passed out in the basement from all the smoke, but the firefighters were able to get him out and revive him by mouth-to-mouth through his nose."
School staff and community members are contributing to a fund for Ensor to rebuild the house and help replace some of his possessions. Seventh-graders Shelby Keohane, Dani Prestel, Lisa Richard and Chelsea Thompson have organized a bake sale, scheduled at 6:30 p.m. today at the school's Back to School Night, to raise money for the fund.
"The students are trying to keep the sale a secret from the teacher they so much respect and love, but have gone [to] lengths to ensure that everyone in the Bonnie Branch community is aware of their intentions. I applaud the goodness of their hearts and how they have pulled together a function with no assistance from parents," Pam Keohane wrote in an e-mail.