Energy levels were high at the grand openings of a pair of schools in the Fort McMurray Public School District.
On Monday, both Christina Gordon and Dave McNeilly Public Schools took time with staff, parents and students to celebrate the transitions into their new facilities.
For Christina Gordon, originally the school was set to open in 2016 – but the wildfire pushed back the opening to this year.
Principal Rick Thorne tells Mix News that a month into the school year, it’s a great feeling to finally be home.
“Even though we had a great year last year, it was always in the back of our minds that we really needed to get into our own building and start to make things happen from our own digs. So, it’s quite an exciting time. It’s a day that’s been many years and many months in the making, but we’re here finally.”
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155 students from Christina Gordon occupied Timberlea Public School last year – due to the wildfire.
Now, since transitioning to the new building – that number has jumped to 343.
Thorne says adjusting to the new school was made possible thanks to staff and everyone involved.
“The wonderful parents that bent over backwards to make sure they were fully involved and then of course the amazing group of students. We have a phenomenal group of kids and the energy they bring just gives us all the enthusiasm we need to continue.”
Thorne notes what a relief it has been to staff, parents and students to finally have a school they can call their own.