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After the devastating fire at Mitchell this week, elementary students will be relocated to Wind Point next week, but classrooms there need stocking and students need supplies replaced. Sturtevant Trustee Chris Larsen and his family is organizing a supply drive to help teachers get their rooms ready to welcome students. As first reported by Racine Uncovered, the items most needed are the basics in every child’s supply box:
  • crayons
  • pens
  • paper
  • glue
  • markers
  • tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • colored pencils
Larsen said teachers are also asking for:
  • Play-Do
  • paper towels
  • chalk
  • folders
  • binders
  • construction paper
  • thick puzzle-piece mats
Before students report to Wind Point Wednesday morning, there will be an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. “We are trying to gather as much as possible before the open house so classrooms are as welcoming and have as much of everything they need,” Larsen said. Racine Unified thanked the RUSD community for the outpouring of caring and concern and posted on their Facebook page that needs are still being assessed. “We are still in the process of assessing damage and determining the needs. We will post information if there are things needed. We are so appreciative of our community and sincerely thank you for your generosity,” officials wrote. Community members interested in contributing can drop off supplies anytime over the weekend or after 5 p.m. Monday at Larsen’s home, 3237 93rd Street, in Sturtevant. Cash donations are also being accepted, he added, so teachers can go shopping for various odds-and-ends as needed.

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