JOPLIN, MO.--- Despite the stress of having to get things done very quickly, staff and faculty is excited to kick off the new year with a bright future in sight. Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School teachers are working against the clock.
"It's exciting but a little stressful. It would be nice to have a little bit more time," said Amanda Pal, Soaring Heights Teacher.
The new schools, both under the same roof, are set to welcome students in about 82 hours, bright and early Monday morning.
"I'm quite anxious, just like everyone else, but I'm not worried because I just know this will all come together," said Bud Sexson, East Middle School Principal.
Dozens of volunteers showed up on campus Thursday to help each teacher turn their empty room into a classroom where kids will be sure to thrive.
"We were so overwhelmed by people wanting to help us. It's been just wonderful," said Sexson.
The past couple of years haven't been the easiest for the school's staff. Many of them teaching out of modular units following the May 2011 tornado. So the spacious school is more than they hoped for.
"It'll take less time to get from one place to another, so that gives us more education time, less time walking back and forth," said Pal.
It's all smiles now, knowing a brighter future is just around the corner.
"I think our students are going to feel like, hopefully, that they're special. That the community felt enough about them to build this facility," said Sexson.
There's still some construction work to be done, minor things like cleaning carpet, framework around doors and windows and paint touch-ups. Anyone who would like to help move teachers in can call the administration office at 417-625-53-30.
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