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Verona community raises money for tornado-damaged school

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- While construction crews work to fix tornado damage at a Verona elementary school, the community is coming together to make sure kids and teachers have what they need for the start of the school year.

Last month, a portion of Country View Elementary School in Verona was severely damaged by a tornado that blew through town. At least four classrooms and the teaching tools inside were a complete loss and others also were damaged.

Despite the extensive damage the district is hoping to have the building ready by the start of the new school year on September 2.

Since the storm, the community has stepped up to help replace the items that won't be covered by the school's insurance.

"Teachers pay out of pocket for a number of their supplies, so we would like to contribute to them rebuilding those supplies that they lost," says Hope Scheaffer, who helped organize a volunteer drive Thursday. 

Scheaffer and other families got together to raise money with a lemonade stand. She says it's a great way for the children to get involved in helping their school and making a difference in the community. The group is also selling rubber bracelets that say "Rock On, Country View Elementary". All proceeds go to the school's PTO, which funds teacher grants to help educators purchase supplies or other materials used in the classroom.

Just down the road, the Verona Public Library is also helping the teachers by hosting a book drive to replace classroom libraries teachers have built up over the years.

"You have kids that maybe can't get to the library, or have situations where they can't afford books that's where they get it, is from their teacher," says library director Brian Simons.

The library started collecting books on July 7 and have already filled a 50-gallon barrel.

You can donate new or gently-used children's books from reading levels K-4. The library will collect book or monetary donations for the PTO through July 19.

Volunteers will also continue selling bracelets to support the PTO's grant fund on Saturday at Miller & Sons in Verona, Mt. Horeb and Hyvee in Fitchburg between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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