Hutchinson Kids Collect Cash for Seneca Elementary School

Hutchinson, Kan. (AP)_Elementary students in Hutchinson collected nearly $700 to help a northeast Kansas school that was gutted by fire last month.

Youngsters at Union Valley Elementary School launched "Change for Change," a fund-raiser to buy books, computers, and other supplies lost when a fire struck Seneca Elementary School. They colected $697.55.

The March 10th fire destroyed much of the 69-year-old building, which housed 275 students, ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade. Damage was estimated at more than $5 million and investigators do not suspect arson.

Authorities said junior high students will attend classes at Nemaha Valley High School for the rest of the academic year. Elementary students will go to classes at other locations, including an American Legion building, the basement of a dentist's office, a former restaurant, and the town's library.