Shaker Heights community shows thanks to firefighters after school blaze

Shaker Heights community shows thanks to firefighters after school blaze

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The Shaker Heights community spent Thursday thanking firefighters who helped put out the fire at Fernway Elementary School.

Firefighters were on scene all night Tuesday and into Wednesday morning putting out a fire at the school.

The community organized a Gratitude Station in front of Fernway. Past and present students, teachers and parents came to write letters and draw pictures to thank firefighters who stopped the blaze.

Sixth grader Katherine Monroe graduated from Fernway a few years ago. She said "we just wanted to say thank you for all the support and all your hard work on trying to save the school that means a lot to the community."

Meg Hahnenbig started at Fernway in first grade and said the school, "is kind of like my second home."

The news of a fire at the elementary school left the tight-knit Shaker Heights community in shock.

Karen Dickson now lives in Willoughby. She said the gratitude station was the first chance she had to come back and visit.

"I was gutted," Dickson said about the news. "It just gave us a great start we learned how to be great citizens of the world."

School officials are still trying to figure out if they'll be able to rebuild the inside.

The letters and posters will be delivered to the Shaker Heights Fire and Police Departments, assisting  neighboring departments, and other community helpers.

The Gratitude Station will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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