Longfellow School Celebration - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Longfellow School Celebration

Posted: Updated:

Two years ago, students were settling in to the temporary school house that had taken the place of Longfellow Elementary.

At the same time, construction was beginning to build a new Longfellow that would replace the flood-wrecked original building.

The new Longfellow opened for class this fall - and tonight, there's a celebration going on.

Kelli Volk is live at the new Longfellow to tell us about tonight's open house.

It's another day of class at Longfellow elementary school, but it's also a celebration of moving from devastation to transformation.

Like many homes and facilities in the Valley, Longfellow school had to close its doors for rebuilding efforts after it was impacted by the 2011 flood.

Now, class is in session at a bigger and better facility.

(Tracey Lawson, Longfellow Principal)"Most notably, the building has about doubled in size. We now have 70,000 square feet of school.We have a single-story addition for kindergarten and early childhood special education and then we have a two-story academic wing for 1st and second and 3rd and fourth graders. Our fifth graders are on the second floor of our existing building."

Those changes coupled with a brand new gym complete the improved school building.

One teacher says the overall project gets an A+.

(Cindy Larcombe, Longfellow 4th Grade Teacher)"Lots of updates from our old building. Things like electrical plug-ins, enough for all of the electronic things that we have now in today's teaching. We have water in our classroom, which makes for much easier art projects and science experiments, lots more storage."

The new learning environment has also captured the attention of the students.

One student can recall the days of Longfellow before the flood, he says the updates make for an improved learning experience.

(Jonas Bubach, Longfellow 4th Grader)"Smaller gym, of course, smaller lunchroom. We didn't have sinks in our classroom like we do now. We now have lockers. We didn't have those before the flood. And, it's a bigger school."

It's a bigger school of new and old--offering a little lesson in history while looking toward the future.

(Tracey Lawson, Longfellow Principal)"It was very fun to to see their reactions because, of course, they're trying to figure out, "I remember what this was," or are having a hard time just figuring out and then it all kind of clicks together."

That was just a glimpse of Longfellow--there really is much more to see including a brand new playground set that was made possibly by the Minot Lions Club.

We'll have more on that story at KX News at 10.

Reporting live from Longfellow School, Kelli Volk, KX News.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Girl Identified in Fatal Hit & Run

    Girl Identified in Fatal Hit & Run

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:15:12 GMT
    The identity of a 23-month-old girl killed in a hit-and-run in Minot Sunday has been released.
    Minot Police say Zofia Kristal Pepple of New Town was struck by a pickup and killed about 6:25pm Sunday

    The identity of a 23-month-old girl killed in a hit-and-run in Minot Sunday has been released.

    Minot Police say Zofia Kristal Pepple of New Town was struck by a pickup and killed about 6:25pm Sunday

  • Minot Toddler Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver

    Minot Toddler Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:00:26 GMT
    Minot Police say this is a "vehicle of interest" in the hit-and-runMinot Police say this is a "vehicle of interest" in the hit-and-run
    A two-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Minot Sunday evening.

    A two-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Minot Sunday evening.

    They ask if you have any information about the incident that you contact them at 852-0111.

  • Men Shot by Police Recently Released from Prison

    Men Shot by Police Recently Released from Prison

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:33:17 GMT
    Two people shot by Minot Police early Saturday morning are facing burglary and drug charges.

    In addition, both had recently been released from state prison.

    Two people shot by Minot Police early Saturday morning are facing burglary and drug charges.
    In addition, both had recently been released from state prison.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.