Supporters of Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy are raising money to replace stolen items and make repairs after a recent burglary at the school in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood.
During the incident, which happened between the night of August 5 and the morning of August 6, the school was “burglarized, ransacked and vandalized,” according to an email from Alan Beach-Nelson, president of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association. CEVNA and other groups so far have raised more than $2,500 for the school, which is located at 4235 19th Street. Supporters are hoping to gather more than $5,000 altogether.
An art room and other spaces were “completely thrashed with paint thrown over everything, files and papers dumped, medical supplies breached, stamps, [and] school supplies and some office furniture destroyed,” said Beach-Nelson in his plea. Twelve student video cameras were also stolen, along with Principal Tracy Peoples’ school laptop.
The first day of school, August 19, “was great, despite the unfortunate incident,” said Peoples in an email to the Bay Area Reporter. “The staff and I worked really hard to ensure that our students first day back was positive. This was not something we wanted to burden our students with. … We are appreciative for the community support we have been receiving.”
U.S. Bank, 443 Castro Street, recently set up donation buckets for the effort, which along with CEVNA is being spearheaded by Herth Real Estate.
Checks payable to “Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy” may be brought to Herth Real Estate, 555 Castro Street, or U.S. Bank. The last day to donate is August 30.