By Andrew Cluley AAPS Communications Specialist
It’s very rare for an elementary school to have the excitement and anticipation of the first day of school on a Wednesday in April, but this has been a very rare year for the Allen Elementary School community. The shocking flood on August 18, 2016, just weeks before the start of the school year forced the Allen community to move temporarily to Ypsilanti’s West Middle School. Today, just 236 days later, Allen Elementary School re-opened in a refreshed school.
In addition to the air of excitement to check out the new look of the school, or attend classes for the first time in the building for some students, the Allen Elementary community shared thanks and gratitude. Principal Kerry Beal thanked the students for making the transition to a school designed for bigger kids and without a typical elementary playground. Beal also thanked staff, parents and others throughout the community that helped keep the Allen community united through this adventure. She says for students and staff this will certainly be a school year unlike any other.