PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Galvez Middle School in Prairieville returned to its home campus on Monday, following the August 2016 flooding.
Seventh grade Life Science teacher and alumna, Danielle Jenkins, had to take a break from the books to take it all in.
"This morning we were talking back and forth and I started to tear up," Jenkins said.
The entire experience has been overwhelming for everyone tied to the school. Principal Michelle Bourque said through it all, the students have stayed focused while also learning a thing or two about life.
"We have seen them open up their book sacks, give things to search other," Bourque said. "It has really touched my heart to see my students and the way they have behaved through this whole ordeal."
A successful Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal inspection was completed Friday. More than 600 students returned to the school on its home campus in temporary buildings. Those include a cafeteria, library, band tent and 26 classrooms. The school's administration building did not flood and will continue to be used.
"This is our last flooded school to move out of a host situation and back to its campus," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "The Galvez Middle Pirates are coming home."
Teachers moved classroom materials from Central Middle School to the original campus over the weekend. Parents received communications from Bourque with details about schedules, bus routes, car rider drop-off/pick-up locations and classroom locations.
"Work will continue moving forward on restoring permanent facilities at each flooded site and we are committed to keeping our community informed of every step in our recovery process," Alexander added.
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