Indeed they were! It was Payback Time.
The James A. Garfield Local School Board held a hastily-called meeting on Monday, March 24 to respond to the catastrophic fire which struck the business district in downtown Garrettsville. Representatives of student groups, faculty and staff organizations, Nelson and Freedom Township trustees, volunteers with the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard, Mayor Rick Patrick, attorney Dan Timmons joined the board (member David Vincent via Skype) to issue a resolution declaring the district’s support for the merchants and professionals who have always supported the aims and activities of the James A. Garfield Local School District. The acknowledgement of strong community partnership was key to the meeting’s direction. Additionally, the district has offered the use of space in the Intermediate School building when school ends in June during the transition and rebuilding period as the village rises from its ashes.
It was a tremendous outpouring. It was an amazing, uplifting response. It was just the beginning.