RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — Students of a Richmond private school that burned to the ground in July now know where they will spend their academic year.
Crews were called to the Meadowbrook Waldorf School on July 29 to reports of a fire coming from the building. Investigators eventually determined the fire was likely caused by a lightning strike.
The school building was deemed a total loss by fire officials. This raised several questions from parents and students on where classes would be held for the upcoming school year.
In a Facebook post by school officials, the school announced Tuesday that they have signed a lease to use the South Road School in South Kingstown until the Richmond school is rebuilt.
Following the fire, several parents returned to the rubble left behind from the fire to salvage any items they could. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for the recovery effort. The GoFundMe page has surpassed it’s goal of $150,000, with 789 donations totalling more than $161,000.