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Moving In Day at Longfellow

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The construction crews for the most part are gone...and today was a big day at Longfellow Elementary in Minot.

It was the start of the move-in process at the school that had to be rebuilt following the Mouse River Flood.

Perry Olson takes us there.

(Tracy Lawson - Longfellow Principal) "We knew this day was coming, we were anticipating it, and we are so excited that it is finally here."

That day was move-in day here at the new Longfellow Elementary. Built back bigger and better after the Mouse River heavily damaged it. Thursday's task was large -- get the teaching tools transferred...

"Heaviest one in the whole bunch!"

Lots of folks were busy loading trucks and trailers today here -- at the temporary gym Longfellow students used the last two years -- and moving it just a few feet north...to the old and new school.

(Tracy Lawson - Longfellow Principal) "If we can get moved most of today and I am sure there will be things tomorrow...then the real work will take place too as we unpack all these boxes and get settled."

That task will fall to teachers, today it was staff, PTA members, and even airmen and women getting the heavy lifting done...

(Perry Olson - KX News) "The call was put out for help, and the MAFB has certainly responded. Dozens of folks here today on Thursday getting things moved back into Longfellow." (Tracy Lawson - Longfellow Principal) "He thought maybe 15 or 20 people would help and we have probably two or three times that today."

Once in the school...teachers were busy starting the long process of setting up classrooms...and even reflecting a bit on the last two years...

(Kara MacIver - Longfellow Kindergarten Teacher) "I drove by to drop my kids off at daycare and just cried today! Just thinking of the whole journey of what we did to get into the portables, how great they were for two years, but how great it is to be home." (Jim Lunstad - Longfellow Custodian) "We are back at our home school...bigger and better...it has been a long road."

A road the staff...and KIDS are excited to get to the end of in a few weeks...

(Jim Lunstad - Longfellow Custodian) "The kids are riding bike around the school. You can see the excitement coming around here and things are looking good getting a finish on it. They are excited."

At Longfellow, Perry Olson, KX News.

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