At a time when many schools struggle with declining enrollment, one community provides a new growing opportunity for their students.
Last spring, students at Broken Bow's North Park Elementary helped break ground on an exciting new chapter. Thursday, nine new classrooms, a media center, and multi–purpose room are currently being added to help with growing enrollment.
Officials say the new building goes hand in hand with the student's future.
"It will be fun to come back here in 20 years and see some of the kids that were the first people through here and to see where they've come in their lives," said North Park Elementary Assistant Principal Kirk Crawley. "And some of the things they've done and because of the facility and what we have in it and things we can do because of the facility to help meet their needs, it'll be fun to see how they've grown."
As for now, the excitement continues to build as kids witness the changes first-hand during the school year.
"As we get closer to ending the project they'll become more excited then," said North Park Elementary Principal Kim Jonas. "Of course next fall it'll be fun to see their faces when they come through the door and you know their new classrooms and that sort of thing, so we'll all be excited."
This addition and renovation was made possible by a school bond that passed on the third try after some adjustments to the plans.
The new school will be ready by the 2013 fall semester.