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How to help Colonial Beach after school fire

RELATED: Colonial Beach Elementary will reopen on Wednesday

The fire that ravaged the former Colonial Beach High School Sunday morning also damaged the gym connected to it.

The gym had severe water and smoke damage and held all of the PE/Health curriculum, the PTA cabinets, assembly tables and the PA system, cheerleading practice mats for the junior varsity and varsity cheer teams, as well as all classroom and office supplies stored in the building.

Here are the things that the school system is in need of. The following list is where items can be dropped off, around the Fredericksburg region, and they will be donated to the school system.

Ron Rosner Toyota -challenge to fill a Toyota tundra (Fredericksburg)

BB&T -Colonial Beach & Hague locations

King George YMCA

La Plata volunteer Fire Department

People’s Community Bank Dahlgren location

Coldwell bankers (KG -Food Lion shopping center & Colonial Beach location)

Potomac Elementary School

Northern Neck Chevy – challenge to fill a Chevy

King George Journal

Bowhead Dahlgren office

CACI, Dahlgren office

Walmart Dahlgren location

Colonial Beach moose Lodge #1267

Bowling Green Elementary

Proclamation church in king George

Colonial Beach High School

Spurred by photos of the fire, University of Mary Washington employees under the guide of Priscilla Sullivan from the office of events, started an equipment drive to aid colonial Beach schools.

In a faculty newsletter, Sullivan stressed the need for athletic equipment alongside school supplies and furniture.

“Anything the children can use to stay active and healthy while inside during the winter months,” she said.

UMW has nine drop off locations for donations: Fairfax House, the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Lee Hall, Marye House, the fourth floor of Eagle Village, the third floor of George Washington Hall, the second floor of Trinkle Hall, north and south buildings of the Stafford Campus and the lobby of Facilities.

Supplies can also be dropped off at Colonial Beach High School, at 100 1st Street, Colonial Beach.

Monetary donations can be mailed to: Colonial Beach High School, Attn: Judy Long-CBES Donation, 100 First Street Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

Colonial Beach native and Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver is also helping the school through his foundation, The Torrey Smith Foundation. Both he and his mother, Monica Jenkins, went through the school system. Smith went to the elementary school and Jenkins graduated from the high school. The Foundation has not announced all of its plans yet, but School Board Member Michelle Payne said he’s already teamed up with Wal-Mart to donate $3,000 worth of school supplies. Other groups around the region have made donations to the cause as well.

There will be a bus at the Dahlgren Wal-Mart that the school hopes to fill with school supplies. The bus will be there, but on Tuesday, it will be brought to the church, when the students and parents will go to an open house. There, the students will add their handprints on the bus. It will then return to the Wal-Mart to be filled up.

There are also several events scheduled that will directly benefit the elementary school. 

Jan. 12, 26: Benefit at Smokin’ Ron’s BBQ; Noon to 4 p.m., 15411 Dahlgren Road, King George

Jan. 15: Dinner Benefit, 3-8 p.m. Crazy Cajun, King George

Jan. 18: Concert at Colonial Beach High School, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 25: Live and silent auction at Dockside Restaurant & Blue Heron Pub 5–8 p.m., 1787 Castlewood Drive, Colonial Beach

Jan. 25: 5k Fun Run

Jan. 26: Cut-a-thon ($10 minimum) at Outlooks for Hair in Stafford. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1515 Stafford Marketplace, Stafford


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