WATCH: Harmony School Faces Long Road to Flood Recovery

Forest Acres-based Harmony School faces months more waiting and a growing bill, after October's historic flooding

FOREST ACRES, S.C. (WOLO) – Forest Acres-based Harmony School faces months more waiting and a growing bill, after October’s historic flooding.

The heavy rains caused the creek behind the school, on Covenant Road, to rise onto their playground and into their preschool building. It was only two inches of water, but the building was left unusable.

Since then, the school’s 48 preschool students have been crowded into two portables.

Director Deborah Holmes founded Harmony School in 1988. It’s a small, not-for-profit private school, serving preschool through 5th grade, with a mission that draws on Montessori, Waldorf and inquiry-based learning.

“It’s my baby,” Holmes said. “I started Harmony, and I love what I do, and it means the world to me.”

The elementary school building was untouched. Before the floods, kindergarten students used the preschool building. Now, they’re in with the elementary school-aged children.

The school did have flood insurance, but because they need to bring the building up to current codes, they’re $50,000 short.

While they wait for building permits, Harmony School is reaching out for a helping hand. The first Spring Festival will be held Sunday, March 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at the school at 3737 Covenant Rd. The cost is $5 per person. Performers like Next Door Drummers, Serpentine Belly Dance Co. and Pharoahs in Space will entertain guests.

If you cannot make it Sunday, but would like to help Harmony rebuild, they’re raising money on a GoFundMe page, here.

For more information about Harmony School, click here.

 

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