Fundraiser for Country View Elementary teacher supplies

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED Monday, July 7, 2014-- 5:45 p.m.

As crews continue rebuilding Country View Elementary, teachers and students are worried about what kind of damage and loss they'll be facing in the new school year. A group of parents are hoping to help.

"We don't know how much damage there really is," said 5th grader, Ethan Hartberg.

Hartberg and many other students are wondering what their classrooms will look like in the fall.

Inside many rooms are expensive items like iPads and irreplaceable handmade projects-- things that may have been destroyed when the tornado hit the school on June 17th.

"Those teachers have lost they might have lost everything," said Country View Elementary PTO member, Michelle Koberstein.

Koberstein wanted to help, so she ordered about 3,000 bracelets.

"We'll be asking a dollar for each bracelet."

Money raised will go towards grants for teachers in need.

"We know teachers spend a lot of their own money on items that they use in their classroom," said Koberstein. "Hopefully we can help them out with their school supplies, one less thing for them to worry about before school starts."

But even with the loss at Country View Elementary this summer, students gained a valuable lesson.

Britni: "What are you guys supposed to do?"
Kids: "Go down into the basement!"

"By the end of the summer we're going to be tornado experts," said Hartberg.

There will be three locations on Saturday at Miller & Sons Grocery in Verona, Miller & Sons Grocery in Mt. Horeb, and Hyvee in Fitchburg, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The money is not going towards reconstruction of the school. Insurance covers that. This money will help supplement the loss of teachers' supplies.

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