Just days before school was to start for the Harvest Christian School in Sandstone, a fire destroyed the school’s elementary building leaving students and staff to scramble.
Now months later, the school is rebuilding with students using a church as a temporary location. Teacher Chris Nathan looks back on the immediate outpouring of support was humbling.
"The fire happened Friday. We were going to start school Monday or Tuesday, and we had nothing," Nathan told WCMP. "The initial outpouring from the community of gifts large and small to get our elementary school going was just amazing."
The damaged building has since been demolished. Last month, Harvest Christian School announced that they had closed on the former Gateway Health Clinic. The 13,000 square foot building is large enough to house students in all grades. Nathan said it will be nice to have all programs under one roof.
The building will also allow for the growth of future programs like five-day kindergarten and an optional five-day preschool.
Harvest is in the middle of a capital campaign to cover the costs of the new building and renovations. Their goal is to raise $650,000. As of March, the campaign had reached over 50% of its goal. Donations can be made on the school's website.
The school is still remodeling the new building, but they hope to be ready by August if all goes smoothly.