ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) – Over 360 students from Peck Place elementary school and their teachers arrived at the previously unused office building on Yale’s West Campus ready to learn and experience a first day in a new learning environment.
”The students have been extremely resilient and our parents have been very patient. That’s the thing about kids, is that no matter what you throw at them, they can always seem to handle it,” said Peck Place Principal Eric Carbone.
The move to Yale was needed after pipes froze and asbestos was found at the school in Orange.
For the past twenty days, classes have been separated. Some of the kids attended the Turkey Hill school, while others attending Racebrook.
In hopes to get all of the students back together, Yale’s unoccupied building became the perfect solution.
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“It meant removing all of the furniture that was in here, taking out cubicles, cleaning up space as much as possible and then dividing it again so it became a classroom,” said Scott Strobel, Yale West Campus.
“’I think we’ll be very happy here. Yale’s been wonderful, everybody’s been wonderful, the movers have been wonderful, everybody it’s a Herculean feat that was accomplished by so many people,” said first grade teacher, Pat Moffett.
The students will spend the rest of the year at the Yale West Campus.
As for their original school, renovations are moving forward and the facility should hopefully be perfect for the kids next fall.
“We’ve slowed down the timetable a little bit to make sure the school, we’re using the term clean and pristine, before the kids go back. If we don’t rush we’re more likely to accomplish that,” said the Orange School District Superintendent, Lynn McMullin