Old Salyersville school gets facelift for new students

Friday, March 2nd is a day that people in Salyersville will never forget.

But now, so is Friday, July 27th.

"It restores a person's faith in humanity to see people that don't have a daily stake here are here to support our students and our staff to try and make this a little bit easier process to go through," said assistant principal Gary Helton.

More than 70 educators and students from all corners of the Commonwealth - in conjunction with the Kentucky Education Association - came together to re-paint and re-build Salyersville Grade School. The move was necessary after the new elementary school was leveled by a tornado.

"Every teacher we talk to is just in awe of what we're doing," KEA student executive Jacqueline Horsman said.

KEA officials raised $20,000 for this project. They said that if there is any money left over, it will go toward new playground equipment or whatever the school might need.

The secretary of state even picked up a paintbrush.

"We're glad to be back and continuing the efforts of restoring this community and really re-energizing a new school for some kids," said Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

People are also helping restore the school's library, which lost most of its books in the tornado.

"All of the books have been donated from people all over the state of Kentucky," librarian Charlene Minix said.

The first day of school is August 7th.

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