Community holds fundraiser at Anthony's Pizzeria in Edison for burned James Monroe Elementary School

They came together for a fundraiser at Anthony's Pizzeria in Edison Tuesday night to raise money for the rebuilding process. (4/29/14)

EDISON - Students, faculty and parents from James Monroe Elementary School are looking toward rebuilding their school that was destroyed in a fire last month. 

They came together for a fundraiser at Anthony's Pizzeria in Edison Tuesday night to raise money for the rebuilding process.

One parent says when the idea of organizing the event came up, she didn't even give it a second thought. 

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"Anthony's is nice enough to donate 20 percent of all food and drink and it goes back to James Monroe for the recovery fund," says Debbie Dempsey. "They've given my children an amazing education. They have an amazing principal and they have such a wonderful atmosphere for the children to learn."

Around 500 students are being bussed to Middlesex County college for class. Just two weeks ago, the Edison school board voted unanimously to sign a new lease at St. Cecelia's School in Iselin.

Officials have not yet said when demolition will begin at James Monroe Elementary School. The machinery is on site, but so far no work has been done.

Demolition was slated to start Friday, according to the district's website, but was delayed. School officials say the work to demolish the building should take about a month.

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