Updated: 06/17/2014 10:17 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 3:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough
The St. Cloud School District has announced alternative locations for programs that were held at the school destroyed after a weekend fire, caused by a lightning strike.
School officials say staff has been working to make sure services held at Roosevelt Early Childhood Center can resume as soon as possible.
The Birth to 2 Early Childhood Special Education program is temporarily located at Apollo High School and has resumed visits across the community in family homes and day care centers, according to the school district’s website.
Starting the week of June 23, Discovery Community School in Waite Park will serve as a temporary location for Roosevelt's Early Childhood Extended School Year (ESY) program, all Early Childhood Screening, ARISE (A Recreational Inclusion Support Endeavor) and the Welcome Center.
The district is also working on a plan for fall programs. This includes Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Special Education and Pre-school.
"I'm very sad for all those kids who can't learn right now," Summer Hennen said. That's why she and her sister gathered up dozens books they've outgrown, stuffed them in a bag and have them ready to donate to children they don't know but whose loss they understand, "because reading is very important for kids now."
All the books in the library are burned, iPads, computers, CD players, toys, puzzles and games are gone. Roosevelt school leaders and the community are mapping out how to rebuild services and supplies.
The district is also accepting cash donations.
Donations can be sent to:
St. Cloud Area School District 742
District Administration Offices
1000 44th Avenue North, Suite 100
St. Cloud, MN 56303.
Checks can be made out to: ISD 742/Roosevelt.