This is awful news for the staff, children, and their families. Please head to Lili's blog to read about what a wonderful school this has been for her son and how devastated people are. A snippet:
This is the kind of school Crestline is, where on the strength of one child saying “No, I saw him on the bus” the principal goes out to either find the kid or talk to the parent, less than ten minutes after school starts that day. This is the school where the office staff knows every student’s name and the teachers pour their souls–and most of their paychecks–into every kid in every class, not just their own. This is the school where any adult that’s not known on sight AND carrying a red volunteer badge or sticker is clustered by very polite but inflexible staff and volunteers, to be escorted to the office to sign in. It’s the school a ten-year-old boy loves so much he’s excited on Sunday night because Monday means he can go back. The place was held together by the steady commitment of teachers and office staff, who made it work with spit and baling wire some days, and volunteers who pitched in where they could even after their kids went on to other schools.
This is the school where nobody goes home until all the kids are accounted for at the end of the day.
Read more here. It's a powerful statement of support from our Bad Horse.
At the moment, the school is accepting monetary donations. You'll find more information on their Facebook page.
For those wanting to help - monetary donations can be made to the Evergreen School District Foundation for Crestline Elementary School. For more information, contact the district's Community Relations office during normal business hours at 360.604.4088.If you can help immediately, please do so.
I solemnly swear we at the Evil League of Evil Writers are officially up to no good; we are plotting eviltry and will update soon with our fundraising efforts. For now, please toss some pennies directly their way and keep an eye out for more ways you can help.
ETA: here are more ways you can currently help.