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Volunteers rebuild tornado-damaged school

The tornado that ripped through Morgan County damaged West Liberty Elementary last week. School officials say the building is now unsafe for anyone to enter. An organization called God's Pit Crew is building a new one.

"We typically like to go where it appears that there's a lot of damage, and they're getting the least amount of help," says God's Pit Crew Director Randy Johnson.

For West Liberty Elementary, help is coming in the form of floor plans. Volunteers are working 16-18 hour days, helping with the construction of a new, temporary school.

"They asked us to build 15 classrooms, about four offices, a library, a computer lab and a cafeteria," says Johnson, "I've been to 60 different disasters so we've seen quite a bit, but this is the first time I've ever seen I guess what I'd call Main Street USA completely destroyed. It's absolutely heart breaking."

His crew normally rebuilds home. This is the first school they've ever made, and they're building in record time.

"It's amazing. They started yesterday morning at 7 o'clock with the material getting here. And the amount of work they've done in two days is unbelievable," remarks West Liberty Elementary facilities coordinator Darren Sparkman, who is on site helping with construction. He says the district plans to use the empty warehouse as their school for at least 18 months.

God's Pit Crew plans to have the school built by Monday. Students could return to class the following Monday, March 19th.


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