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Each school year brings change, new books, different teachers and new classrooms. This year Turtle Lake-Mercer Elementary students are learning a whole new meaning for the word change.

The students say they like it, and the teacher say they're excited to all be sharing the same roof .

For the most part the new building is complete and everyone is talking about it.

"It's pretty cool because it's new," says third-grader Owen Anderson.

"On our first day of school it is air conditioned, and we love that," says second-grade teacher Susan Reiser.

"It's a lot bigger with more rooms in it and stuff," says third-grader Averie Schlafmann.

Averie is right, the new building is bigger than the old one. All the grades sharing the same space makes it feel like one big school family.

"We're very proud of the community, and for what they've done. We are proud of our building, and for what we have. We hope it's an example for what can happen when a community comes together," says Principal Daren Kurle.

Last Saturday, teachers and volunteers worked for three hours moving everything from the old to the new building. Teachers then put in over time making rooms go from hollow to homey.

"I was here until about 7:30 last evening, glass was just being put in the doors for the classrooms," says Kurle.

The list of necessary items is a little long: glass windows, doors and coat cubbies, but it doesn't seem to get students down.

"There's new stuff and it's just really fun," says Owen.

Both teachers and students say they're happy to be moving from the old building which was separate from the rest of the school. To the new building which is now attached through a walkway.

"We are going to get at least 20 minutes more each day with our class not having to walk back and forth between buildings," says Reiser.

All that time that used to be spent walking between buildings can now be used for learning and teaching. Principal Kurle says he's excited for the finishing touches, and that all 173 students can share the same space and some memories.

 

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