"Miracle" school set to open in West Liberty

The principal at West Liberty Elementary School says bright and early Monday morning, the desks will be full of students looking to take small steps back to a normal life inside the school they're calling the "Miracle on the Hill".

Principal Vickie Oldfield says the first day back to school can't come soon enough.

"Ecstatic! Excited! Nervous! Ready to see the students," she says.

The new West Liberty Elementary School is nearly ready to take on all 285 students from the old school that was destroyed in the tornado two weeks ago. In only 10 days, volunteers converted what was a warehouse to a school with 14 classrooms.

"It's miraculous. It's heartwarming to see so many communities come in and help," says Principal Oldfield.

Donations of books, desks, and food were still pouring in from surrounding counties today. Morehead State University donated these backpacks full of supplies. Principal Oldfield says lots of students have helped out at the new school and they'll feel a sense of responsibility to it once it opens.

"They know that we worked very hard and I think that gives them a respect to see that everyone worked hard to provide them a school and that does give them ownership," she says.

An organization called Mercy Chefs has donated a mobile kitchen to the school. Principal Oldfield says it won't take long for the students to fall into a routine.

"Give us a week and I think we'll be back to normal," she says.

Before classes kick off on Monday, there will be an open house for students and parents from 2:00 to 4:00 Sunday afternoon.


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