College Hill students tour temporary school site

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WICHITA, Kansas — Students from College Hill Elementary School got a chance Sunday to see their new temporary school while theirs gets cleaned up from a fire last week.

Bryant Elementary was converted into College Hill West this week after Monday’s fire at College Hill destroyed two classrooms and damaged several others.

“The last week has been exhausting, but it’s also been a blessing because we’ve had so many people come forward to help us,” said Dr. Kathleen Patterson, College Hill’s principal.

The teachers finally got to enter their classrooms Friday morning, and have been working around the clock to prepare for the first day of school on Monday.

“There was a lot of set-up to do but there were so many helpers wandering the halls it was really easy to set up,” Valerie Alicea, a music teacher, said.

Many of the students at College Hill, who got three extra days of summer vacation due to the fire, are excited to start another year of school.

“I get to see my friends again and we get to play on the playground and I don’t have to sit at home all day,” Tuwain, an incoming third grader, said.

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