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Pass Teachers Excited About New School Year

Fifth grade teacher Sharita Barnes calls herself a professional mover.

"I moved into this room last summer," said Sharita Barnes. "Then after Katrina hit, I had to rearrange everything. Then I'm supposed to be moving to the portable classrooms this year, so I boxed everything up."

Barnes, with help from her family, is unpacking again. She's scrambling to get her classroom ready for the first day of school next Friday.

"I'm trying to use bright, cheerful posters for my bulletin boards, whenever I finish them," said Barnes. "So yes, I'm excited."

You can also read the excitement on Susan Ware's face. The librarian at Delisle-Pass Elementary is finally moving back into what was once her flooded library.

"I think the children, they've been looking forward to getting to come into the room and being in a real library," Ware said.  "They'll get to check out books again."

Teachers are also preparing themselves emotionally.  As they practiced singing a song for a districtwide welcome-back celebration next week, they hope to set the tone for a new school year.

"So much of me is made of what I learned from you," the group sang. "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good."

"So it's a huge time for us," said school counselor Ruth Wilder. "We commit ourselves to another year of awesome commitment to education without Katrina, another Katrina. We won't let that happen again."

Teachers in the Pass aren't finished packing and unpacking yet. In September, the high school students and staff will move out of their portable classrooms and into their restored building.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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