Donation from Rusty Eck Ford boosts College Hill’s recovery efforts

College Hill Elementary got a substantial boost toward its recovery efforts Friday.

During an impromptu teachers’ meeting at the school’s temporary location, Rusty Eck Ford’s Adopt-a-School program presented a check for $13,750 to the school, which was heavily damaged in a fire Monday.

“I know all the kids are excited about school coming up, and this was kind of a devastating thing for them,” said Les Eck, president of Rusty Eck Ford. “So anything we can do to help.”

Eck said about $5,000 of the total would go toward replenishing College Hill’s library. The rest will go to teachers, some of whom lost everything in their classrooms in the fire.

College Hill students will start school Monday at the former Bryant Elementary, 4702 W. Ninth St., in west Wichita. Teachers and volunteers spent much of the day Friday decorating classrooms to prepare for an open house, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday.

“They’re like a bunch of little busy bees. They’re just everywhere doing everything,” Eck said. “They’re giving the extra mile that teachers always do, that they never get credit for. I just hope they get a little bit of rest before Monday morning.”

A group of College Hill parents also is raising money to help teachers restock and replenish their classrooms. A page on allows people to donate directly to the cause.

For a link to the fundraising page and updates on that effort, visit the College Hill PTO Facebook page.

Local businesses or residents wanting to donate items to the school are being asked to contact the school district’s marketing and communications office at 316-973-4515.

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