Local cafe asking for donations for storm damaged elementary school

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 --- 6:21 p.m.

The Verona elementary school Country View was hit hard by a EF3 tornado early Tuesday morning.

Almost a third of the 15 million dollars of damage suffered is attributed to losses at Country View Elementary.

Country View sees demolition of three destroyed classrooms Friday.

It shouldn't be difficult to imagine what happened to the book and supplies inside those classrooms.

That's why The Sow's Ear in Verona wants to help out.

They are asking for donations of school supplies. Anything from crayons and rubber bands to books. In return, The Sow's Ear will take 10% off your purchase.

"There are a lot of classroom libraries that are all over the front lawns of Southern Wisconsin right now. So, I mean anything, if you can bring it on in," said Ben Wineke of The Sow's Ear.

Wineke is a self proclaimed coffee czar at the cafe that also sells yarn for knitting.

"It's something I take very seriously. I try to learn a little more every day," said Wineke.

The Sow's Ear has a lot of Verona regulars.

"Honestly, I don't have to ask for most orders," said Wineke.

He says they all care about the community, and there's been a big response wanting to help those at Country View. It also hits close to home for him.

"I went to country view and they took good care of me, it seemed like the least i could do," said Wineke.

Gretchen McClain is from DeForest, but she comes to The Sow's Ear often to knit.

"It's not just about the bottom line of sales. It's about being a part of a community and i think Verona does a good job of interacting like that," said McClain about the cafe.

As an English teacher herself, she knows how helpful some books or a box of crayons can be.

"I think those acts of kindness are pretty meaningful," said McClain.

The Sow's Ear is running the 10% off promotion through the weekend.

The Verona Area School District Superintendent, Dean Gorrell says they're very grateful for the fundraising efforts by The Sow's Ear

Gorrell says much of their losses will be covered by insurance. All funds aren't guaranteed at this point, and the children can always use supplies.

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