When Lee Elementary School was destroyed by a fire on Sept. 12, the Hillsborough Education Foundation, in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, sprang into action by creating a relief fund to replenish all of the lost classroom supplies.
We are in awe of the way the community came together to support this school in need.
In the two weeks since the fire, about
$80,000 has been raised in donations or commitments. Donations of classroom supplies have poured into the Foundation's Teaching Tools Store. Contributions include
$150 raised by a local child at her lemonade stand, a truckload of supplies collected and personally delivered by teachers from Maryland, several thousand dollars raised by a school coin drive in Mississippi and
$50,000 from Rooms To Go.
Three days after the fire, on Sept. 15, hundreds of community volunteers delivered supplies and emotional support to Lockhart Elementary Magnet, where the Lee students and teachers have transferred to continue classes.
We want to thank all who have donated money or supplies to help them make a smooth transition in this difficult time!