SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Students and teachers from Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Richmond are preparing for the school year after their school building burned to the ground over the summer.
It’s been almost a month since the private school burned to the ground. Crews were called to the Meadowbrook Waldorf School on July 29 to reports of a fire coming from the building. Investigators believe the fire was likely caused by a lightning strike.
This raised several questions from parents and students on where classes would be held for the upcoming school year.
On Aug. 21, school officials announced students would return to the classroom in a temporary location after they signed a lease to utilize the South Road School in South Kingstown. Classes are slated to begin next week.
The campus of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School is currently fenced off. While everyone’s looking ahead to the future with a sense of optimism, the old building is still missed.
Eden Messina is starting 4th grade at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School, along with her little brother. She said she is sad about not returning to the original building.
“It’s sad because I barely got to know the old school,” Messina said. “It’ll be very different because I don’t really know the place yet, I only went once and I already got lost once so I’m really excited to figure it out finally.”
Teachers have been working for weeks to get classrooms ready at the South Road School. Among those teachers, Diana Tesni is working on putting the finishing touches on her 6th grade classroom.
“New location, new building, new just complete orientation,” Tesni said. “I think it’s gonna be very stimulating for them.”
Now as signs of hope hang at the original campus, a new sign is up at the temporary campus to help make the new building feel more like home to students.
“Will we even have a building, will we even have a space, will we even have supplies?” Tesni said. “And the fact that I can really just walk in here and teach after this weekend is a real miracle.”
School administration says they hope to break ground on a new building for the Meadowbrook Waldorf School’s original campus in January.