ROWE, Mass. (WWLP) – Rowe Elementary School in Rowe plans to reopen its doors this August after being closed for two years because of a large fire.
On August 4, 2012, Rowe Elementary School was struck by lighting causing a 5 alarm fire that destroyed the building and everything inside.
The school was given a $6.9 million insurance budget to rebuild, but the money wasn’t enough to cover all the needs of the school.
The school with support from the Mary Lyon Foundation has launched a campaign to raise money to cover the costs of recreation equipment and technology.
Donna Flagg, a parent, told 22News, “Teachers lost things in the fire that were irreplaceable; you know their own personal touches as teachers. So we immediately started a fundraising campaign to help them. We’ve had chicken barbecues, we’ve had bake sales.”
According to Susie Zavotka, the Building Committee Chair, “This is not only an elementary school, but it’s our community center so it’s where we have our town meetings, events, social activates.”
The money raised will also cover expenses related to making the school economically and environmentally friendly. The school is also adding a library.
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