CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) About two months after a tornado destroyed
most of the public school buildings in Chapman, classes are underway in the north-central Kansas town.
To mark the new school year, administrators planned a huge citywide celebration. The students are back in class, two months and seven days after the June 11 tornado that killed a 21-year-old woman.
Part of the opening day events were songs from the high school band, pom pom routines, and a huge check presentation. Over $100,000 was raised with $50,000 going to the Chapman School District and $50,000 going to the City of Chapman.
Only parts of the permanent school buildings can be used, so
most classes are being held in 24 modular classrooms. Administrators expect to be in the modular classrooms for about two years.
Superintendent Tony Frieze expects 975 students, about the same
as last year's enrollment.
Each Chapman student was given a green T-shirt with the school's
Irishman mascot in a fighting stance against a tornado.
(some information from The Associated Press)