An out-of-state organization is seeking additional funding to complete its work in helping rebuild a local school ravaged by flooding.

The nonprofit faith-based disaster relief ministry God's Pit Crew needs money to continue rebuilding Moffett Elementary School, which was severely damaged during the 500-Year Arkansas River flood earlier this year.

Randy Johnson, founder and director of God's Pit Crew, said on Tuesday the organization, based in Danville, Virginia, spent about 30 days preparing for the project before arriving in Moffett to start its work Aug. 5. It has consistently had about 50 of its volunteers at the school, with many local residents pitching in to help as well.

"So far, we have hung nearly 700 sheets of sheetrock," Johnson said. "We have run a semi-load of insulation, new insulation, in there, an entire tractor trailer-load of new ceiling tiles, all new plumbing fixtures throughout the whole school, nearly 600 gallons of new paint and epoxy for the floors."

In addition to other activities, Johnson said God's Pit Crew brought new furniture for the teachers, such as desks, filing cabinets and chairs, as well as purchased most of the equipment to redo the school cafeteria. However, the organization has used all the supplies it brought to the area, and needs about $30,000 in additional funding to complete its work. God's Pit Crew has already raised and invested slightly more than $300,000 into the project.

Examples of the considerable amount of tasks left to do as part of the project include bookcases for the school library and work on the school administration building, as well as plumbing. God's Pit Crew intends to finish the project Friday if possible and leave no later than Saturday morning.

"If there is a large amount of work left to do, then we will work out with some of the local churches or someone here to finish completing that project," Johnson said.

Johnson said God's Pit Crew will bring a small team back at some point to finish the project if necessary.

Stacey Beam, a fifth-eighth grade reading and English teacher at Moffett Public Schools, said on Wednesday the entire school was "pretty much destroyed" by the flooding, and every room was considered a total loss. The 2019-20 school year began Aug. 12, a postponement from the original start date of Aug. 7.

Beam said at this point, the third and fourth grades are holding class in the gym. Meanwhile, grades five-eight are in portable classrooms provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the 3-year-olds are in the old third-grade classrooms. 

"Now, by this weekend, the 3-year-olds should be back in their regular classrooms," Beam said. "They're waiting for some paint to dry on those. Mercy Chefs brought in a portable kitchen, and so ... they trained our cafeteria workers how to use their portable kitchen, and we eat breakfast and lunch."

Other than that, Beam said the school is holding regular classes. God's Pit Crew has put in 17,463 volunteer hours throughout the course of its work at Moffett Elementary School as of Wednesday morning.

Johnson said residents can donate to God's Pit Crew's efforts to rebuild Moffett Elementary School via the organization's website and Facebook page. They can also make donations to the group in person at the school today and part of the day on Friday.