Selkirk HS softball team raises money for teacher displaced by house fire

METALINE FALLS, Wash. – A small-town high school softball team was quick to act, in more ways than one, when tragedy struck close to home. 

The Selkirk High School softball team was in the middle of practice when freshman Mackenzie Zaren saw smoke from third base. 

The smoke was coming from a house across the street, owned by their science teacher and middle school coach Rachel Groves Wold. 

Zaren alerted Wold, who ran home and quickly got her husband and dogs out safely. 

While she was dealing with the fire, the high school team sprang into action to take care of the middle school team. 

The Pend Oreille County Fire District said the fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the attic. 

The house was not a complete loss, but Wold and her husband were displaced by the fire damage itself. 

After hearing that, the high school softball team knew they had to help. 

“As soon as they got everyone home safe, they were thinking of ways to raise money to help her out,” High School Coach Makaylah Whitton said in a message to 4 News Now. 

The girls decided to hold a donation bake sale.

“The small towns are really great for coming together with things like this,” Whitton said. 

After collecting the money, the team surprised Wold in her classroom. 

“What is this? What is this?” Wold said through tears when presented with the money.  “Ladies, you didn’t have to do this. Thank you so much!”

Along with the help of their community, they raised $1,446 for Wold in just two days.