On Thursday, February 20, Boone Bartlome is expected to arrive back in Kuna after spending the last couple months in a rehab facility in Denver, Colorado. The community is invited to come out for a parade and welcome home. Kuna Coach Lee Leslie said in an email sent out earlier this week that they need all boosters, family and friends to come out at 2:45 p.m. Boone is expected to arrive from the airport about 3:15 p.m.
People attending are asked to park on Porter Street south of the football field. They are asked to walk into the field area between the football field and the baseball field. Residents are asked not to park in the high school parking lot due to a girls basketball tournament happening at the school.
The police and fire departments will be on hand to flash lights and sirens as the Bartlome’s turn the corner by the high school. People are asked to bring signs and balloons and cheer as Boone and his family return to Kuna.
Boone Bartlome’s recovery has been tough but according to visitors his attitude has helped him improve more than expected. His family posted video recently of him walking assisted in Denver.
In a visit to the family home recently, workers were busy pouring the foundation for an extension on the home. Volunteers have donated time and materials to make the home handicap accessible and have expanded it to encompass room for continued physical therapy for Boone. Plans are underway to put in a pool for use as water therapy as well.
Bartlome broke his neck during a 4A State Playoff game against Bishop Kelly on November 8. Since then, the community has banded together for financial and moral support for the family.
Please come out to the Kuna High School at 3 p.m. on Thursday to show the community’s support for Boone.