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Vancouver car dealer raises funds for school destroyed by fire

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From left: Phillip Cianni, Greg Leonard, Jennifer Webber, Park Llafet, Michael Parsons From left: Phillip Cianni, Greg Leonard, Jennifer Webber, Park Llafet, Michael Parsons
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A local business is helping students displaced by a massive school fire, while also teaching them a lesson about supporting the community.

McCord's Vancouver Toyota raised $7,245 for Crestline Elementary School. The Vancouver school was destroyed by a massive fire Feb. 3.

The dealership's new car sales manager, Phillip Cianni, and his wife, Lisa Cianni, both grew up in the Evergreen School District. They proposed raising funds for the school to Greg Leonard, general manager for McCord's Vancouver Toyota.

Their work, along with employee donations, raised the money and a check was presented to district administrators.

Leonard said many employees have children in the district and a few who attended Crestline. He said raising money for the school was an easy decision.

"No matter how large or small the effort, it's important to be considerate of others and to show compassion," he said. "When you educate children regarding charity, you teach them an important lesson in life, instilling a sense of charity and purpose by giving back to the community."

Nearly 500 students were spread out to other schools in the district for the remainder of the academic year. The plan is for a rebuilt Crestline to be ready by September 2014.

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