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To help the students at Mitchell Elementary after a fire gutted the gym, an anonymous donor gave the Mitchell Elementary PTA $2,500.

According officials with the Mitchell Elementary PTA, the donor wanted to help with replacing the  popcorn supplies and machines that had been destroyed in the fire that happened at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

The Mitchell Elementary PTA used the popcorn to sell to the kids to raise money for new playground equipment.

Michael Anton, the Racine County PTA president and Mitchell elementary PTA treasurer, said he got a call from the man asking him to come by to pick up the check.

“He said he needed to do something, he felt sorry for the kids,” Anton said. “I went to his house and picked up the check… the thank yous just kept coming out of my mouth.”

The school has an 80 percent poverty rate and it’s been difficult to raise money, but parents would often give their kids 50 cents to buy popcorn, he said.

“We were going to slowly chip away at this,” Anton said.

Mitchell Elementary parents were grateful for the money.

“We will definitely need community support to help our families get through this tough transition and to help get some kind of normalcy back into these childrens lives,” .said Heidi Bucholz-Nicolazzo on the Racine PTA Council Facebook page. “I would also like to thank other Racine PTA’s for offering their sympathies and their help if needed. The responses are very heartwarming and I know we will get through all of this stronger then before.”




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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.