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Eastwood Elementary School Hosts Dedication Ceremony and Open House

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MORGANTOWN -

The community gathered for a ribbon cutting followed by tours of the newest elementary school to the area on Saturday at Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown.

The dedication ceremony for Eastwood Elementary School was the final step for bringing not one, but two, schools together for a better learning experience.

"They can tell you all about the lights and the windows and a lot of the green features that we have here too," said first grade teacher at Eastwood, Bethany Painter. "So, it's exciting but it's with a purpose."

The green features include everything from larger windows to let in light, to the actual materials the school was made from. Superintendent Dr. Frank Devono said that the school is cutting edge in this area.

"You'll see the flooring we have here is from recycled material. So there's several things that we have here in relation to that, that might be somewhat noticeable and some not," said Devono. "We've got about 31 different types of things that are in here that are considered green. They're our opportunity to be ecologically friendly."

Becky Worley has two children attending Eastwood. She said she can tell how much better the school is for her kids just from what they tell her.

"They love having a computer lab, they love having an art room, they love having a gym. These are things they've never had before. Just a big cafeteria where an entire grade can eat at once versus one class at a time," said Worley. "That's great. It increases their socialization and they're getting to meet the other kids. So, it works well."

Worley's children and other students aren't the only ones excited about the move to a bigger and better space.

"The transition was a little hectic but being here and finishing the year at Eastwood makes it all worth it," said Painter. "The kids are so much happier here. We have so much more space and opportunity here. It's been wonderful."

Devono said he encourages anyone who would like a tour of the new school to just stop in the office and ask.