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Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown Opens

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It's a new day in education for some Monongalia County students as the new Eastwood Elementary School opened its door Wednesday.

The new school replaced Easton and Woodburn Elementary Schools, which had a combined age around 190 years.

Wednesday the excitement was so high, it was hard to imagine any students having energy left by lunchtime, because some said they couldn't even sleep the night before.

"Last night I couldn't sleep. I woke up at 3 a.m., and was like ‘Is it time for school yet?' and that usually never happens," said 5th grader Otis Johnson.

"I'm like always excited to come (to school), because I really like school, unlike most kids, so I'm more excited (now)," said 5th grader Abbie Riggleman.

Eastwood Elementary offers a lot to its new students. Wide hallways, a large cafeteria and even a new gym are things some never had.

"They're coming from two schools that one had no gymnasium at all, and the other had half a gym," said principal DeAnn Hartshorn. "So to walk in and see the phenomenal gym we have here is probably the thing they're most excited about."

Painted with bright, vibrant colors, the new school was tailored to the kids. The students even helped name the black bear as its mascot, and blue and green as its colors.

The hard part is figuring out what the best part is.

"that's a tough question because I love everything about it. All the new colors and all that stuff," said Riggleman.

The building is environmentally friendly too and is expected to become LEED certified, an internationally recognized certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

It has lots of windows that let natural light in, automatically dimming lights that use less energy, and technology like geothermal heating and cooling. All of it help teachers teach the importance of being "green".

"Our motto is growing healthy kids in a healthy world," said Hartshorn. "And so we're going to teach them with our building how we can develop habits to make our world a better place to live in."

The students may have new rooms, but not new teachers. Students will remain with the teachers they had at Woodburn and Easton schools, and that's alright with them.

"Mrs. Lemery, she's a nice teacher," said Johnson. "She's very great. And she cares about all of her students, a lot."

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