Community Rallies Together After School Fire

6 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, December 16 2010 Dec 16, 2010 Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:53:05 PM CST December 16, 2010 in News
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LATHAM - After a fire destroyed Latham R-5 School early Wednesday morning, preparations to rebuild it started. The Latham school board held a community meeting to answer community questions. It was the end to an emotional day.

"All the pictures are gone," former student Stacey Wood said as she fought back tears. "The memories is all we have left."

At the meeting, members of the school board addressed about 70 members of the community that had shown up. Despite the loss of the school, classes should resume Jan. 3 in temporary classrooms. The plan is to rebuild the school and keep it open.

School board president Bobby Medlin said he saw rebuilding the school as a community project and many seconded his feelings. A couple men offered use of construction machinery and one man said, "Ask and we will help."

As the reality of the situation set in, former students thought back fondly on their school and just reflected.

"There's a lot of history in the building," firefighter and former student Jim Irey said. "A lot of good people that's come and gone through this school system and through these walls."

Parts of the school were still smoldering late into the evening. Smoke filled the air as the sun set over the school. Despite the loss, there is still hope for the future.

"You're heart broke, you're sad," Irey said. "But things like this happen and you pick up your feet and tools and move on, and that's what'll happen here, I'm sure."

If you would like to help with donations or school supplies, send them to:

P.O. Box 367
Latham, MO 65050

You can also go to this website to see exactly what the school needs. Teachers and staff are working to put the list together. The school encourages you to check the site often for an updated list.



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