Greenback needs volunteers Saturday for move to new school

Greenback needs volunteers Saturday for move to new school

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The new Greenback School is scheduled to open next Tuesday. The new Greenback School is scheduled to open next Tuesday.
They have to move from the old school to the new one by next Tuesday. There's not much time to finish the job. They have to move from the old school to the new one by next Tuesday. There's not much time to finish the job.
Students were helping teachers on Friday carry their supplies and help unpack their classrooms. Students were helping teachers on Friday carry their supplies and help unpack their classrooms.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

GREENBACK (WATE) - The new Greenback School is scheduled to open next Tuesday.

The long awaited Pre-K through 12th grade school replaces the old one, originally built in the 1930s.

School officials are asking for volunteers to help move teachers, their supplies and other items needed to prepare the new school. They say the volunteer effort will be greatly needed so the school can open on time.  

All week, 650 Greenback students and teachers had a chance to tour and get familiar with the new building before starting class next week.  

"When I first walked in here, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't even know what to say, it was huge," said Greenback third grade student Folson Silver.  

It's all work and no play, especially for the teachers.  

They have to move from the old school to the new one by next Tuesday. There's not much time to finish the job. 

"We're not starting the first week of school. We're in the middle of the year, and we need to be ready to go on Tuesday and not waste a teacher day," said third grade teacher Marty Sindlin.  

Students were helping teachers on Friday carry their supplies and help unpack their classrooms.  

The school is calling on volunteers to help all day on Saturday, as early as 8:00 a.m. 

Students will be getting all new desks and furniture, but materials, books and some appliances need to be moved to the new school.    

The school needs volunteers with pick-up trucks and that can bring trailers. Volunteers are also asked to bring extra boxes.  

"We have some parents, old alumni that are coming, we have a volunteer group out of Knoxville that's going to assist us," said Principal Michael Casteel.  

The school's new media center will also need attention. The book shelves are completely empty and the computers need to be connected.    

"We need so much help moving our library, inner offices and the physical education equipment," said Sindlin.  

School officials say around 100 volunteers have already pledged to help, including 20 volunteers from Niles Ferry Baptist Church in Loudon County.  

"It's a small community, one of the few that has K-12 in the community. Because of that, the school is central to the whole community," said Jeanne Styles, the wife of Pastor Ben Styles at Niles Ferry Baptist.  

The church is hosting a community gathering in front of the school on Sunday afternoon.  

Students will begin the school day Tuesday at the old building and make a ceremonial walk to the new one.  

Other festivities will follow, including a ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m. followed by a varsity boys' basketball game.

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