‘The kids have never had anything like this before’: Grand opening held at new Hanson Elementary

‘The kids have never had anything like this before’: Grand opening held at new Hanson Elementary
Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 11:24 AM CDT
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HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Hopkins County school officials celebrated the new Hanson Elementary School on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This school is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our community to providing our children with the best possible education,” said Hopkins County Schools’ Superintendent Amy Smith.

[Previous: Hopkins Co. School board delays start of school again due to Hanson Elementary construction]

The grand opening comes after construction delays pushed back the start of school two times, but students and parents say their new building was worth the wait.

“The kids have never had anything like this before,” said Lindsey Laffoon, the parent of a Hanson student. “It’s opened all kinds of doors for kids in the community to come together and have access to more things than they have before. It’s amazing.”

On top of being a state of the art building, Hanson is the first school to have a certified community storm shelter, built to withstand winds of 250 miles per hour.

“We have had 19 storms that people could have used that, and it’s just such an awesome addition to our community here in Hanson,” said Hopkins County School Board Chair Shannon Embry.

For the students, the excitement of a new school year was only amplified by their improved space.

“I really like it,” said student Paislee Lamastus. “My 5th grade classes are hard, but my teacher is amazing and I love my class, and everyone is so nice and caring.”

For other students, they’re still getting used to the size of their new school.

“This is place is really big so it can have a lot of people and then they would enjoy it because everyone gets treated the same at this school,” said student Ashtyn Hammack.

While students have been walking the halls of Hanson Elementary for about a month now, they were still excited to give their new building an official welcome to the community.

The Hanson Elementary PTA is still hoping to add one thing to the school, a new playground.

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