It was the first day back to school for students in Marshall County, but for some the experience was a little more special as they walked into a new school with new teachers and classmates.
If you remember, back in March, a massive fire destroyed St John’s Church in Benwood, closing St James and John’s Catholic School, leaving the community heartbroken yet ready to rebuild.
Support from all across the Ohio Valley poured in which lead to the opening of, All Saints Catholic School, which serves pre-school through eighth grade students from all different parishes.
“The diocese made a decision to make Marshall County a new school location–as a way to serve ALL parishes hence the name, All Saints,” Principal Shelia Blackmore says. “We have done that with an increase of 20 percent in an enrollment.”
Many of the former St. James and John’s students say they are still getting used to their new surroundings,especially with all the new changes.
Instead of ending their day at 2:30 p.m., students will get out at 3:45 p.m.,but the last half hour of the school day isn’t typical according to Blackmore, “we are creating an enrichment program that can be anything from cooking to sign language to dance. I mean there is a variety of things.”
They also have a new Mandarin teacher who will be teaching Chinese culture to students in 6th 7th and 8th grade, as well a new science teacher who will bring more hands on experiments.
There is still time to enroll your students to All Saints School.
You can do so by calling the number 304- 845-6137.
Pre-school will start up next week.