LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Construction is underway on the new Northside Elementary School, and until the project is completed, students who would normally go to Franklin Elementary are attending school in portable classrooms.
Sarah Bradle is a first year teacher. Her career got of to an unusual start when she learned her third grade class would be stationed in a portable classroom. "It is a lot of firsts and I think it's good I'm a first year teacher just because I'm so happy and feel fortunate to have a job, that having a portable classroom is no big deal," Bradle said.
From the outside the trailers don't resemble an elementary school but inside the second and third graders have the same set up as their peers at other schools. "I think in the beginning, they wondered what it was going to be like. but they seemed to have settled right in, not having any problems," said Principal Laura Huber.
And on warm days, students and teachers might prefer the portable classrooms because they're the only classrooms on the Roosevelt campus that are air conditioned. "We're very lucky to have air conditioning on a day like today when it gets so warm," Bradle said.
But Bradle says the most important part of any classroom, no matter what building it's in, is the atmosphere which is why she put a lot of time and effort into preparing her room for the kids. "I like to have things bright and colorful and I want kids to be excited about learning," Bradle said. "So, when they come in to the classroom I want them to be vibrant and excited when they come in and I think the atmosphere really helps with that."
Principal Huber says any inconvenience this year's set up presents are balanced out by the excitement that next year Franklin and Roosevelt will join together at a new Northside Elementary School.
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