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Aug 3, 2011 6:36 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Students at Leblanc Elementary Have a New Home

Ten-year-old Morgan Trahan says modular buildings don't feel like a real school.

"I didn't like that you had to walk over to the playground it would take up more of your recess or you had to walk all the way to the cafeteria for something," said Morgan.

No more temporary buildings, Leblanc Elementary is brand new and bigger and better.

"It was tiny and so small and now I have this big school," said Morgan.

Since Hurricane Rita in 2005 flooded their original school, Dozier Elementary, students have been shuffling in and out of their temporary campus. After three years, some students from Dozier went back to their old building, but in 2009, the School Board rezoned and students north of the LA 14 in Erath moved to the modular buildings while Leblanc Elementary was built.

"It's easy, it's indoors, and I don't have to walk in the rain," said Morgan.


"Coming from a temporary facility to here, there's excitement, there's joy, there's a feeling of a new beginning," said principal Dawn Amy.

Amy says the two years it took to build the 16 million dollar facility was worth the wait.

"We have everything you could ever want in a facility for education," said Amy.

Kids will have a larger cafeteria, use computers in each classroom and have a gym, something they didn't have before.

"The gym is amazing! I just played in and I sang opera on the stage," said Morgan.

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