DELISLE, MS (WLOX) - Pass Christian students headed back to school Thursday morning. For more than 400 students, their first day was filled with that "new school" smell.
The halls of the new Delisle Elementary School looked like Emerald City.
"I think it's really cool. We have little things like Munchkin Land for kindergartners," said fourth grader Emilee Ladner.
The school on Kiln-Delisle Road is kicking off the new year with a magical theme.
"We took the Wizard of Oz and there's no place like DES, because the students are finally coming home after so many years," said third grade teacher Alison Pace.
For the past two years, the students and teachers have been in trailers. They watched as the old Katrina-damaged Delisle Elementary was torn down. And they waited for the day when they could move into the new, bigger building.
When asked what she thought when she walked through the doors, fourth grader Halie Walling answered: "I'm going to be so glad we're out of those tiny trailers and we're having to have AC all the time."
"I like the library," said Emilee. "They have a lot of new books and a place where you can read and stuff."
There's also a spacious courtyard, large computer and science labs. The lobby has a modern design, the campus has energy efficient features, and every classroom comes equipped with the latest technology.
"We have so much to show them and we're already such a great community here in the Pass and I know this building's going to make us a better family and make learning so much more fun," said Pace.
It seemed everyone was off to see the Wizard and ready for an "Oz-some" new school year.
"So all the teachers and staff have ruby red slippers to remind the students that we are coming home, and we're following the yellow brick road to success this year," said Pace.
Delisle Elementary is the last Katrina rebuilding project in the Pass Christian School District. Insurance and FEMA helped pay for the $10.5 million building.