Teachers & students wrap-up tough school year

Administrators at the temporary West Liberty Elementary say today is strictly a fun day as the kids wrap up what's been a very rough year.

Principal Vickie Oldfield described this school year as, "a blur".

"It happened so fast. There were so many decisions that had to be made so quickly that you didn't have time to second guess yourself. You just had to go with the best choice," she said.

And those choices seem to have been good ones. Only 17 days after a tornado destroyed their old school, volunteers converted this old warehouse into the new West Liberty Elementary. Just last week, a new playground was installed, and today the kids played while reflecting on what so many people helped create.

"I want to thank them because they've been really nice," said Chelsea Collinsworth.

"It means a lot to me, to think that all these people just came and made it a school for us," said Annabelle Griffitts

As the students wrap up this school year, they say they're also thankful for the friendships that helped them through it all.

"It felt really comforting that my friends were there to help me," said Griffitts.

Principal Oldfield said this school is proof of what people can accomplish when they work together.

"We're very proud of our students, the families, the staff, our building, the outside. So proud that we were able to achieve as much as we could in such a short amount of time," she said.

Oldfield said it could be up to two years before the permanent school is ready. The school system already had plans to replace the school before it was destroyed.


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