Former coach lends helping hand in Louisa

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Louisa County Schools are frantically trying to set up temporary classrooms for the re-start of the school year on Monday. The earthquake caused a lot of damage and forced the schools shutdown. Saturday they got some help from a familiar face.

This probably isn't the homecoming former Louisa County Football Coach Mark Fischer envisioned. Last year he moved to Myrtle Beach to coach a new team there. Now he's back with his new team tying to help out some old friends.

Fischer was shocked when he saw the epicenter of last month's earthquake was in his former hometown.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "I had to double check the Internet a couple times to make sure I wasn't just reading or hearing things."

He says he knew he had to do something to help, so he drove eight hours from South Carolina with 30 of his players from Saint James High School in Myrtle Beach to help.

He spent all day Saturday with his players moving desks, chairs and many other things into these temporary trailers at Trevilians Elementary School.

"They had a daunting task getting these classrooms moved into trailers," Fischer said. "It just seemed like a natural fit and I asked (Assistant Superintendent Doug) Straley if I brought 30 guys up, could we help and get that done, and he said they needed it bad."

Superintendent Deborah Pettit says there is simply too much stuff for her teachers to move themselves.

"He's teaching them a lot more than just football," Pettit said. "We're particularly grateful because moving desks and chairs is a hard task."

Coach Fischer says he hopes people in Louisa know he still cares.

"I may not be here but I want to be a part of it the best way I can," he said. "I think the world of this place and if I can do anything to help, I'll drop whatever I'm doing in a second."

There are 37 temporary classrooms at Trevilians Elementary School. School officials hope to have a quarter of them open on Monday, largely thanks to the help of these players.

More than 500 students from Thomas Jefferson Elementary will move to Trevilians Elementary this school year.

Thomas Jefferson and Louisa County High School were both damaged during the earthquake.

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