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For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2019
 

Dallas ISD Strong: Successful first day back for school communities hit by storm

Editor's Note: Spanish story included below
 
DALLAS — “Welcome back to TJ! You got this! We are so, so happy you are here today!”

On Wednesday, Oct. 23 Thomas Jefferson High School Principal Sandi Massey enthusiastically greeted and dished out high-fives to every student as they showed up for their first day at Thomas Edison Learning Center. Sunday night’s tornado did serious damage to TJ, causing students to attend Edison this school year while a replacement campus is built.

“Words can’t express how happy I am to see these students show up here with smiling faces and great attitudes,” Massey said. “We are going to make this building feel more like TJ than even TJ did.”

Meanwhile, students from Walnut Hill Elementary School, which was also severely damaged by the storm, got off to a great start on their first day at Tom Field Elementary. Principal Phillip Potter said the outpouring of support from parents and the greater Dallas community positively overwhelmed him.

“Today has been incredible,” he said. “Overall, the message we want to send today is even though we lost our building, we didn’t lose our school.”

At Alfred Loos Field House, 1,000 students from three campuses–David Burnet, Leonides Cigarroa and John J. Pershing elementary schools–successfully held class at the arena. The students are expected to be back at their home campus by Monday, Oct. 28. 


Spanish story: 

¡Fuerza Dallas ISD! Regreso a clases exitoso para las escuelas afectadas por la tormenta

DALLAS — “¡Bienvenidos a TJ! ¡Ustedes pueden! ¡Estamos muy contentos de que estén aquí hoy!”

Es miércoles por la mañana, y la directora de Thomas Jefferson High School, Sandi Massey, está saludando efusivamente a cada estudiante que va llegando para su primer día de clases en Thomas Edison Learning Center. El tornado del domingo causó daños severos a las instalaciones de TJ, por lo cual los estudiantes tendrán que asistir a clases en Edison lo que resta de este año escolar mientras se edifica una escuela nueva.

“No hay palabras para expresar lo feliz que me siento de ver a los estudiantes hoy con sonrisas y una gran actitud”, dijo Massey. “Vamos a hacer que este edificio se sienta como si estuviéramos en TJ, incluso más que nuestra propia escuela”.

Mientras tanto, los estudiantes de Walnut Hill Elementary School, escuela que también sufrió grandes daños, empezaron de gran manera su primer día en Tom Field Elementary School. El director de la escuela, Phillip Potter, dijo que todo el apoyo de los padres y la comunidad de Dallas lo conmovió.

“Hoy ha sido increíble”, comentó Potter. “En general, el mensaje que queremos expresar hoy es que, si bien perdimos nuestro edificio, no hemos perdido nuestra escuela”.

En Alfred Loos Field House, 1,000 estudiantes de tres primarias–David Burnet, Leonides Cigarroa y John J. Pershing–asistieron a clases en el estadio. Se anticipa que los estudiantes vuelvan a su escuela el próximo lunes, 28 de octubre.

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Photo courtesy: Dallas ISD
Students from Walnut Hill Elementary are greeted at Tom Field Elementary.
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