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Fundraising Efforts Underway After Fire Destroys Heavily Damages Northwest Kansas High School


ATTWOOD, Kan. – Efforts are underway to support a northwest Kansas school district whose junior-senior high school was heavily damaged in a June 5th fire that has been ruled arson, including fundraising begun by one of the school’s long-time rivals.

St. Francis Junior-Senior High School is raising funds through Cheyenne Community Development to assist Rawlins County USD 105 with rebuilding or repairing of Rawlins County Junior-Senior High School in Atwood. That fire was discovered on the morning of June 5th when the school was being opened for a summer weight program.

If you would like to help, donations can be sent to:


Box 255

St. Francis, KS 67756

A tax letter will be given for any donations of $250 or more.

USD 105 officials held a special meeting Thursday to discuss plans going forward, which are still up in the air. Churches, businesses, and others in Atwood are already making offers of space to hold classes while future plans are determined.

In St. Francis, they are also looking at a community workday to assist in the cleanup of the school once USD 105 decides how they want to proceed.

Two juveniles, age 12 and 13, are facing multiple felony charges including terrorism, aggravated arson, and aggravated battery from the fire, the latter charges involving ten firemen injured while battling the fire. The Rawlins County Attorney said the suspects will be prosecuted as juveniles.