Early on the morning of December 29, 2015, ArtSpace Charter School, located in Swannanoa, experienced a devastating flood caused by heavy rains, which collapsed the bank next to the building. The resulting mudslide caused massive damage to the interior of the school.
Staff and volunteers worked countless hours, teachers gave up their Christmas break to help put the school back together after the floors had to be taken up and classrooms torn apart. Only two days of school were missed due to the hard-working efforts of so many. Some things were salvaged, including precious art projects children made.
ArtSpace not only had to raise money to pay their $25,000 deductible, but also replace numerous school supplies that were lost in the muddy water. The school will also face financial burdens as they will need to hire an engineering firm to create a remediation plan so this will not happen again in the future. They are estimating the project to cost around $250,000.
On Friday, January 29th, Ingles Markets along with their Ingles Tools for Schools partners, Eblen Charities, iHeartMedia, The Asheville Citizen Times and WLOS came together to present ArtSpace Charter School with a check and school supplies to help begin to rebuild the supplies lost from a flood that resulted in damage to the school itself and many of their school supplies.
Ingles contributed 90 cases of school supplies and $1,000 in Tools for Schools spending dollars. iHeartMedia and WLOS supported Ingles customer based donation drives through Eblen Charities.
Donations received at Eblen Charities amounted to $1,250.00 in cash, as well as additional school supplies.
ArtSpace students and staff gathered for the presentation and made signs thanking Ingles and Eblen Charities. Students were so excited to see the new school supplies!
“We feel so supported by this community. It has been nonstop, overwhelming support really since the day of the flood. We’re very grateful,” said Lori Cozzi, ArtSpace executive director.
Monetary donations can still be made at www.eblencharities.org or schools supplies can be dropped off in the office at 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806.