College Hill students return to school in temporary facility

College Hill Elementary

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WICHITA, Kansas – Excitement was in the air for College Hill Elementary students as the first day of school at the temporary facility kicked off with a bang.

Students Monday enjoyed a special welcoming assembly.

The district temporarily reopened Bryant Elementary which was shut down last year after the College Hill school caught fire last week causing almost $500,000 in damage.

Principal Kathleen Patterson says after all they’ve been through this was the best first day ever.

“It is special because we didn’t have our real first day, and everybody worked so hard to get ready for our second first day and were just excited to be here because it is such a journey.”

Many kids who normally walk to school had to catch the bus from College Hill.

The district hasn’t said how long students will remain at the temporary building.

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