The story of the rebuilding of Crestline Elementary School is the "most inspiring story in the state of Washington," the governor told hundreds of people celebrating the school’s opening in Vancouver on Wednesday.
In the next 10 days, all K-12 students in Clark County will head back to school for another year of learning. Nowhere will their excitement likely be more palpable than at Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver.
In an emotional court hearing Monday, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 10 days in juvenile detention, $2 million in restitution and 150 hours of community service for his role in starting a fire that destroyed Vancouver's Crestline Elementary School.
Fisher's Landing East — Rotary Clubs of Clark County kicked off another round of its "Rotary Gift of Words" project last month by handing out dictionaries to Crestline Elementary School third graders. Rotary members, Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Deeder and even Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Steve Holgate) gave the kids dictionaries and explained the importance of literacy during a presentation in late October. Rotary will distribute more than 4,700 dictionaries to kids all over the county during the ongoing project.
Fairway 164th — Crestline Elementary School continues to receive support from the community, with $4,600 and boxes of school supplies donated Sept. 12 by Dick Hannah Subaru. The auto dealership gathered supplies for Crestline during its Tools for Schools campaign and gave $100 for every car it sold during that time. The school is operating out of a temporary location in east Vancouver after a February fire burned the old building to the ground.
Seven months and one day after their school burned, Crestline Elementary students and staff were together again under one roof for the first day of school today. After the Feb. 3 fire destroyed the school, classes had been divided by grade level and for the remainder of the year, hosted by five different elementary schools in the Evergreen School District.