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HFISD elementary PTA asks for help
FANNETT - by Lauren Huet
The Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School PTA says Tuesday's fire destroyed most of the school's supplies. They're asking for donations, and the community is already pulling together to help.
Boxes of school supplies began filling the lobby of Grace Community Baptist Church in Fannett Wednesday afternoon. Kristen Morton, the president of the Hamshire-Fannett Elementary PTA, says the school needs the help.
"Kids have lost their supplies, teachers have lost their supplies, the nurse, the office, everyone has lost everything. Parents can't just run out and buy supplies all over again, the teachers have supplied everything out of their pockets," said Morton, "and we want to make sure that when the school is ready for them to open up their doors, that we can just get everybody in there and be ready to go."
Grace Community Baptist Church is one of three main drop-off locations.
"Our three main locations are here at Grace Community, Labelle Baptist Church, and First Baptist Hamshire," said Morton.
Jackie Smith lives in Bridge City. She drove to Fannett to drop off boxes filled with school supplies.
"We know what it's like with past experience in our schools losing everything, so we wanted to give back to those that helped us during the hurricanes and all," said Smith.
The pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church says local churches, schools, and businesses work well together.
"This community is really tight knit, when things like this happen, whether it's a hurricane, or a fire, or even a death, or whatever may happen, the community is really well in responding, whatever it takes," said Pastor Parise.
The PTA is asking for donations of paper, binders, pens, and other school supplies, as well as monetary donations to help replace everything lost in the school's computer lab and teacher supply room. Morton says the community is already banding together.
"It's amazing. We've seen all the way to Lumberton, Winnie, Sour Lake," said Morton. "I had someone from Jasper, and even out of the state, people have asked what they can do."
"We're looking forward to seeing how this community rises up, we're not going to let a fire take us down," said Pastor Parise.
The Neches Federal Credit Union is also accepting donations for the school. For a complete list of school supply drop-off locations, visit the PTA's Facebook page.