If you think moving out of a 4 or 5 bedroom house is bad, imagine having to pack up and move 29 rooms! That is exactly what volunteers did in Idaho Falls this weekend.
43,000 square feet of boxes, desks, chairs, and books found their way to their new home thanks to some helping hands in Idaho Falls.
“Because someone’s got to do it, and we’re service oriented so why not us,” commented Idaho Falls High School’s Boy’s Fed President, Jacob Wright.
Volunteers from Idaho Falls High School Boy’s and Girl’s Fed, student council, the football team, boy scouts, and members of PTA gathered to help Dora Erickson Elementary get settled into their new 71,000 square feet, state of the art, school that came as result of the $53 million bond that patrons approved last year.
District 91’s Superintendent George Boland told us, “We moved 450 desks and chairs in about 2 hours so it really went well. And to do that otherwise with district maintenance people it would have taken a lot more time and if we would have hired outside it would have cost a lot more money so we’re very grateful for the assistance they provided.”
The new elementary school is right behind the old one, a building that is well over 50 years old, and the renovations necessary to bring it into this century would have cost more than building this whole new facility. In addition to improving the size and capabilities of the schools, special measures were taken to improve safety as well, such as a single entrance and clear sight lines to better monitor what’s happening in the hallways.
“I think that with a good learning environment kids learn better. I think that if they have a good clean safe place to learn they’re going to learn better and it will make a big difference,“ commented the President of Girl’s Fed at IFHS, Mady Cook.
The superintended told us that the kids were a little nervous to change buildings, but once they came in, checked it out, hung their backpacks on the wall, they felt right at home and ready to start school again.
“Kids were just jacked. They were really excited, awesome as probably the most frequently heard word on Friday our comments like this was even better than expected, can I come live here, kids are really excited they were very happy to see the building that they were moving into,” said Superintendent Boland.
Students at Dora Erickson get this week off so that teachers have time to make the move and get settled, but it will be business as usual starting next week. Classes begin at 9 am on Monday November 4th but an official grand opening celebration takes place on November 18th with an open house and tours if you want to go check it out for yourself