By Jonah Kaplan. CREATED Mar 3, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 4, 2014
UPDATE: School supplies or gift card donations can be dropped off at any Racine fire station:
- Fire Station 1 - 810 8th St.
- Fire Station 2 - 2430 Northwestern Ave.
- Fire Station 3 - 1107 Lombard Ave.
- Fire Station 4 - 3829 Washington Ave.
- Fire Station 5 - 2430 Blaine Ave.
- Fire Station 6 - 2101 16th St.
RACINE -- Consider this an 'A' grade for effort - and the results.
Just four days after a fire torched the gym at Mitchell Elementary and Middle School, the superintendent on Monday reported significant progress in the building's restoration - and plans for kids to go back to school.
"We're very thrilled," superintendent Lolli Haws tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "People have stepped forward, working since Friday and moving 24/7."
Most of the progress can be seen at Wind Point School - a formerly vacant building that will now house the elementary school for the remainder of the school year. In just four days, crews have moved desks and chairs in and scrubbed clean more than twenty classrooms.
Elementary students will be start there as early as Wednesday.
The story is a bit different for middle school students, but the superintendent remains upbeat. The middle school wing, not nearly as damaged as Mitchell's elementary section, will reopen March 18, and one of those weeks between now and then is spring break.
Stacking the bookshelves and buying new pencils to sharpen remains another challenge, but that's where the Racine Fire Department has stepped up efforts to reach out to the community and collect donations.