From books to art supplies to chairs, community members gave thousands of dollars worth of school supplies to Crestline Elementary School students in a donation drive hosted by Fox 12.
The Vancouver elementary school was destroyed in a fire early Sunday morning.
The donation drive was held at the Fred Meyer located on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard Wednesday, and community members donated enough school supplies to load onto nine pallets.
Those donations were dropped off at the Evergreen Public School District office Thursday, where Crestline teachers can select supplies for their temporary classrooms.
Community members also donated nearly $4,000, which was used to buy gift cards for Crestline teachers.
Fred Meyer planned to donate another $1,000 to Crestline.
"It's just been very heartwarming. And we're all so very grateful," said Cathy Heide, a Crestline teacher librarian. "There are so many people that have given to us that we can't even possibly find them all or know them all. So we just want to say thank you to the whole community for everything that they've done."
While the school district's insurance company will cover the cost of rebuilding the school and replacing supplies and personal belongings lost in the fire, donations are helping the students.
"Or insurance folks have told us they're going to do they're going to do everything they can to get it to us as soon as possible but we didn't want to wait," said Carole Fenstermacher, a district spokeswoman. "We wanted to get the kids back in school as soon as possible, we wanted to the teachers to be there and we wanted them to have what they needed so they can further the educational process."
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