Earhart Elementary Students Move Into New "Green" School

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Wednesday marked a big day for local students, as they moved into a new school. Not just any school, a "green" school.

Earhart Elementary is a new magnet school, built for learning and to improve and maintain the environment.

When the students finally made it to their new desks, they couldn't help but be excited. The teachers were overwhelmed, too.

Patty Posey teaches second grade. For the past 13 years, she has taught in a portable unit.

"We have waited a long time, and we can't believe how awesome this building is," Posey said.

The building features large windows for natural lighting, preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles, automatic lights in classrooms to conserve energy, recycling alcoves, a neighborhood recycling center and an outdoor courtyard.

Fit to hold 450 students, the school has an environmental lab, a library with a computer room and a multipurpose room that will also be a FEMA tornado-safe room.

The original school will be demolished to make room for parking and more outdoor learning opportunities. The school arranged for demolition to have minimal impact to existing trees and plants surrounding the old building.

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