The owners of a San Jose Montessori were forced to cancel their Star Wars Day celebration after vandals broke into the school and caused nearly $10,000 in damage.
John and Joyce Brown are now doing clean-up and repair work after Tomorrow Montessori’s rooms were trashed and windows were shattered. The school's office was littered with paper and elsewhere, furniture, supplies, diapers and toys had been tossed on the ground.
The damage was done late Wednesday or early Thursday, and the school is closed until further notice, according to the Browns.
Recalling having to turn away families who would have been at the Montessori Thursday, Joyce Brown teared up. "It breaks my heart to put them in this position. It’s still really hard for me, to be the person who had to make those calls, regardless of who did this."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit Tomorrow Montessori. As of Friday morning, 65 people had raised $4,960 of a $10,000 goal.
“This was a huge event for the school with so much heart and time put into the planning – all of which was destroyed during this awful crime,” Robyn Janitz said on the GoFundMe page after the “May the 4th Be With You” party was canceled.
Others commented: “We can’t let the dark side prevail.”
Joyce Brown said she is "so, so thankful" to the community for rallying around her husband and her as they put their beloved school back together.