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RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — On Sept. 4, students of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School will be attending classes in a new location.

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.

South Road School is only five miles away from where the Meadowbrook Waldorf School campus is located and school officials ensured parents that the classrooms are “spacious with ample lighting.”

“The highest priority is being given to assuring that the teachers have all they need so that they can continue to provide the children with top quality Waldorf education,” the school said in a press release.

According to school officials, the South Road School is currently being prepared for the upcoming school year. Parents and local businesses have volunteered to help with the process, and other school districts, including East Providence, have donated desks, chairs and other supplies.

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 totaling more than $161,000.

Despite the situation, the school said they are still have rolling admissions throughout the year and are accepting inquiries. Anyone interested in enrolling their children for the 2018-19 school year can visit the school’s website for more information.

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