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Teachers prepare for Hamshire-Fannett elementary students after school fire
FANNETT - by Jennifer Gordy
Students and teachers are anxious to start school again at Hamshire-Fannett Elementary. School resumes tomorrow for Pre-K through second grade and Life Skill students, following last weeks devastating fire that destroyed the front building of the elementary school.
"There will be a lot of healing for them. Last night at our community meeting I got to get a lot of hugs in. They were worried about their teachers. They are worried about me because they think we live here and they were glad to see all of our staff before school started," said Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School principal Karen Reneau.
Reneau said a child was visibly relieved to see her because he thought she was in the fire, not understanding she doesn't live at the school. The teachers in the rooms that were spared have left things just the way they were the day before the fire. It was St. Patricks day and the leprechaun trap is where the kids left it.
"I realize we may not do a whole lot of teaching at first because well be helping them heal and realize we are all safe," said Reneau.
Even though the library was in the building that burned, Reneau said the books were salvaged and are being cleaned for the students to use. The cafeteria has been inspected and is ready for use.
Reneau also said: "Well have our counselors available honestly to try to get them back in a routine with their teachers because I truly feel they need their teachers in their classroom to get some normalcy back because they love their teacher just like that's their mom and if they get back into their routine with their mama teacher to reassure them they are safe and here at school and to answer their questions."