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School district overwhelmed with donations after fire

Posted: Updated: Feb 10, 2013 10:48 PM
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

After two hours of canvassing neighborhoods asking for school supplies, Sherrie Conrad and her three kids stuffed her Toyota Camry with books, notepads and markers for Crestline Elementary students.

The "walk and knock" was Conrad's 8-year-old daughter's idea after seeing the rubble that remains after a fire torched the 4-year-old school.

"I thought about the stuff thatI had at my school and I thought they could use some of that stuff," Angela Conrad said.

The supplies, along with $153.25 in cash they collected, will add to the thousands of dollars in money and supplies the Evergreen School District has received since the elementary school burned down last Sunday.

The district has received so many donations, a staff of volunteers is dedicated to sorting and dividing the supplies between the teachers who lost everything in the fire.

The following message was posted on the Evergreen School District's Facebook page Friday:

"We would like to thank everyone in the community for their support. There are several fundraisers currently happening, so we're asking anyone still wanting to do something for Crestline Elementary School to wait and check back with us in a week. That will give the district time to see what the needs are following the initial wave of support!"

Find a list of current fundraisers here.

The district's insurance company will replace the school, hopefully by the beginning of the 2014 school year, according to Evergreen School District spokeswoman Carol Fenstermacher.

The district is still working with the insurance company and teachers to figure out the full extent of the damage. Fenstermacher hoped they would have an estimate by the end of the week.

In the meantime, the district is looking for an empty building to serve as a temporary campus for Crestline students. If there is no suitable building, the district may build portable classrooms on an empty lot for Fall 2013 classes.

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