9-year-old collecting books for Batesville Elementary School - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

9-year-old collecting books for Batesville Elementary School

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After a fire blazed through Batesville Elementary School Friday night, parts of the school are in disrepair.

Areas of the roof are caved in, and another area was totally demolished, leaving only a pile of rubble.

"He said, 'that's my school mama! I'm never going to school again,'" said parent Tamiko Shaw about her son.

And while parents said they weren't as worried about their children never being able to attend school again like Shaw's son was, they were worried about the school year that begins in one month. 

"This is just sad,' said Shaw.

Parents watched as the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms, and Explosives fire investigator, along with an accelerant canine, walked through the burned classrooms. A spokesperson from ATF said they are entering all information into the bomb arson tracking system to see if there are any simulators or patterns nation wide. 

"Friday, watching it burn down, was very tough to watch for sure," said Superintendent Tim Wilder. 

Friday night at around 9,  flames ripped through the building. The fire destroyed the cafeteria, the administration offices and 17 classrooms

"When we get everything built back, we will be stronger than we were before this happened," said Wilder.

With less than a month to go, building a new school isn't really an option. But the superintendent said he has a plan to ensure every student is able to start school on August 6

"I don't know where she's going to go to school," said 9-year-old Jaylin McFadden.

McFadden stood in front of the building Monday and pointed out his old classroom. He said his best memory from school is his old teacher, Miss Lindsey. He said he needs your help to get supplies together so his sisters can have a Miss Lindsey, too. 

"I'm trying to collect books, chapter books, so all the kids can have books to read," said McFadden.

He is working with the A Plus store in Batesville to collect these books. He also set up a Facebook page where you can donate.

Officials said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

To stay updated on the district's progress and plans for the year, click here.

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