LAKE TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – Lake Township students began classes at their brand new high school Tuesday.
A tornado tore through Lake Township two years ago killing seven people, plus destroying homes and buildings, including the high school. The community has rebuilt since then.
On Tuesday, students set foot in their brand new school for the very first time.
"When it happened it was scary and I didn't know what was going on and what was going to happen," recalled Logan Taylor, a senior at Lake High.
At the time, Taylor was a freshman. Since then, she has spent most of her high school years learning in a temporary building at Owens Community College, waiting and watching for the new high school to be built.
"It was cool to see different things happening to the school, day by day," said Taylor.
The whole community watched construction of the new school.
"It is gratifying. We are thankful that our community supports our schools, puts a premium on education," said Superintendent Jim Witt.
It is no secret people in Lake Township put a priority on education. Earlier this month they passed an operating levy for the school.
On Tuesday, local businesses helped make sure everyone was well fed. Taco Bell provided free lunch for the students and Kingston of Perrysburg provided a special breakfast for the teachers.
"We just wanted to start the year terrific for them and everything to celebrate a new building to celebrate a new year and everything that they've gone through," said Kingston of Perrysburg sales manager Nancy Gomantas.
So far most students said they love the new building. They feel it is the perfect way to celebrate the new school year.
"It's bigger and it's way more updated. I remember saying when I was a freshmen, 'This stuff is so old it's from when my mom was still in school,' but now it's brand new. It's awesome," said Taylor.
It is a day for which the superintendent said they have been waiting.
"It's exciting. It's neat to see the look on the kids' faces. It's neat to see the excitement on behalf of the staff. And it just feels right to be home," said Witt.
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