Clendenin, Bridge teachers settling into new spaces

By Staff reports
JUSTIN ROGERS | Gazette-Mail photos Erica Kearns, a teacher at Clendenin Elementary stocks and organizes her new portable classroom Friday at Bridge Elementary.
The new portable classrooms filled with supplies for students and teachers to move into.
Erica Kearns, a teacher at Clendenin Elementary, organizes her supplies in her new portable classroom at Bridge Elementary.
Dozens of textbooks and supplies fill the new portable classrooms at Bridge Elementary for students and faculty.
Teachers moved their supplies and items into the portable classrooms at Bridge Elementary Thursday and Friday. When students return from spring break April 17, they will be in portable classrooms.

After months of sharing a space at Bridge Elementary, teachers at Bridge and Clendenin Elementary moved into new portables late last week.

The schools had been sharing a building at Bridge since the June flood destroyed Clendenin Elementary.

Twelve new portables have been established at Bridge, according to Briana Warner, communications director for Kanawha County Schools.

Students will attend classes in the portables when they return from spring break on April 17, Warner told the Gazette-Mail.

Teachers Erica Kearns and Chris Atkins on Friday moved their supplies into the new portable classrooms. Kearns is a first-year teacher for Clendenin Elementary school and is taking in the new experience of moving into the newly installed portable classrooms at Bridge Elementary.

“To us it’s almost like a new home,” Kearns said.

Atkins, a teacher at Bridge Elementary, moved his materials and class supplies into his new portable teaching space Friday.

“We have a home,” Atkins said. “[That] I have a classroom we can call our own is the best thing.”

At the combined Bridge and Clendenin elementary schools, there are currently 360 students along with 45 teachers and staff.

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