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Schools, businesses donate to Fairington after fire

LITHONIA, Ga. -- Students and staff at Fairington Elementary School were treated to a special delivery of books and supplies to replace those destroyed in a fire two weeks ago.

Parents and students from Dunwoody Elementary School brought dozens of boxes filled crayons, paper, scissors, glue and notebooks.

Fairington's media center was filled with supplies from other donors, including Centennial Arts Academy in Gainesville, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and MasTec Network Solutions.

The Law Firm of Kanner and Pintaluga presented the school with a check for $1,000. The firm gave an additional $1,000 check to Margaret Veira-Allen, the teacher whose classroom was targeted in the fire.

"I remember wondering who would do this to a classroom," Veira-Allen said. "The students are so excited that they will get new pencil boxes, crayons and books. I know it's going to help them especially."

The School Box also gave Viera-Allen a gift card for $500, and the DeKalb County Council of PTAs announced an ongoing supply drive for Fairington.

Fairington students returned to their building on Monday after a week-long cleanup of fire, smoke and water damage.The kindergarten classroom where the fire started is still off-limits.

The search for the man who set the fire continues. The Georgia Fire Safety Commissioner is offering a $10,000 reward for his arrest and conviction.


The Law Offices of Kanner and Pintaluga learned about the fire through social media.

"When arrived at the school and learned that the teacher whose classroom was destroyed by the fire lost many personal items, we donated an additional $1,000 to help her replace her personal property," said regional office manager Charles Rivera.