PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Educators around Rhode Island are feeling pangs of sympathy for the Meadowbrook Waldorf School community, whose school building - just about one year old - burned down late last month.
A Providence College employee and alumna, Gina DeBernardo '93, arranged for the college to donate four surplus blackboards it had to Meadowbrook. They were delivered Friday morning, the college said on its Twitter feed.
Investigators believe a lightning strike may have started the fire at the Richmond private school the morning of July 29. The building burned for hours, with some 250 firefighters converging on the Kingstown Road campus. The damage was so serious, the building had to be torn down in the end.
When news broke of the fire at @MeadowbrookWald earlier this week, Gina DeBernardo '93 felt compelled to act. The @providencecol employee arranged for the College to donate four surplus blackboards to the school. They went out for delivery this morning. #gofriars #pcserves pic.twitter.com/GG5yhz1mDP— Providence College (@providencecol) August 10, 2018
Parents joined teachers later in the week to sift through piles of rubble where classrooms once stood and save some items, from musical instruments to costumes.
The school is now working on a rebuilding and recovery effort. A temporary location for classes has yet to be determined.