Donations needed for teachers & students after Boley Elementary destroyed in fire

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Boley Elementary in West Monroe, Louisiana burned to the ground over the weekend after storms rolled through the area on April 13, 2019. The fire not only displaced students and teachers but destroyed the items they need to hold class.

Boley Elementary School fire. (April 13, 2019)

Students have been excused for the rest of the week, but the goal is to get those students back to class for the rest of the school year. To that end, supplies and donations are needed to replace the items lost in the fire. That's where you come in.

On their Facebook page, the city of West Monroe says they are first looking for the following: 230 notebooks, pencils, packs of crayons and packs of markers. The city says these items are needed by Thursday afternoon. These items are needed first to help get students started next week.

The city of West Monroe is taking school supply donations at city hall. Donations are also being accepted Origin Bank locations and United Way. You can also drop off gift cards.

For more information, visit the City of West Monroe Facebook Page.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, Media Ministries is matching donations up to $17,500. You can find out more here: https://887thecross.com/blessingboley/

Meanwhile, school leaders are aiming for students to report back to school on Tuesday, April 23. Ouachita Parish School Superintendent Dr. Don Coker says parents will be contacted on Wednesday with more information.

Over 200 students attended Boley Elementary. The school year is scheduled to end in May.