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HFISD elementary grateful for community support
FANNETT - by Lauren Huet
Hamshire Fannett Elementary has overcome a fire that shut the school down in March. Since the fire, donations have continued to pour in to support the school. Despite the challenges of the fire, the superintendent says it's been a great end of the school year, and community support has made all the difference.
Layne Berry is in sixth grade. He was sad when his old elementary school caught fire.
"It kind of upseted me. It was a really good place where you could have fun," said Berry.
"Well I came here last year," said his classmate, Jah Owens, "but I was pretty devastated, because my little brother is going to be going to the elementary soon, and I wanted him to have the time of his life."
Now, these sixth graders are helping unload boxes of donated school supplies.
"Two truckloads today and then we received a truckload earlier in the year, a few weeks ago, of binders," said Amanda Jenkins, the principal of Hamshire Fannett Intermediate School. "Just tons of zipper binders for our kids."
Although the supplies were donated to Hamshire Fannett Elementary, they have more donations than they can use. Madeline Peddycoart is the elementary school PTA treasurer. She's helping share the wealth of donations.
"We've got so much stuff that we have enough for all the teachers to start off the kids for next year, and we're donating some of the extra stuff to the other schools. We're sharing it," said Peddycoart.
Hamshire Fannett Independent School District Superintendent Pamela Morris says the support has been overwhelming.
"I just want to thank the entire community for supporting us, for coming together," said Morris. "I cannot even begin to tell you how many emails, phone calls, financial donations, supplies."
Now that it's the end of the school year, they're ready to move forward.
"I think we've all rallied around so much just taking care of our children and getting them through school this year," said Morris, "and then a lot of in-depth planning will happen this summer and early in the fall."
"We just appreciate everything that everybody has done to help us," said Peddycoart.
Going into summer with thankful hearts and boxes of school supplies.
Third graders finished the year at the middle school, since the fire damaged the third grade classrooms. The HFISD superintendent says they will build portables for the third graders this summer until there's a long-term solution. This summer, they will discuss whether to build a new school or repair the school.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.