There is always a lot of build up on the first day of school; and even more so at Eugene Field Elementary. That was apparent when you saw every student wearing a yellow hard hat Monday morning.
"Well the hard hat, I'm not sure about it, but it's supposed to tie in with our construction," 5th grader Simon Nelsen said.
The students were able to decorate their hard hats, but it was much more than just an arts and crafts assignment. It is all part of a project called Under "Kidstruction". Teachers and faculty welcomed back students with an assembly, to tell them what to expect in the coming year, as the building gets some upgrades.
"It's really cool that these people are here. We're a lucky school to have those people help us make a bigger school," 5th grader Grace Johnson said.
Everyone learned safety procedures and how to navigate the hallways while workers add 12 new classrooms, a new library and office for just under $6 million.
"I think it's ok because at least it's outdoors and so it's not loud noises outside; so it's not all echo-y and stuff," Johnson said.
You will also notice an A+ painted on the side of the building, to point out the school is an arts plus learning facility, focused on incorporating arts, drama and music into daily lessons.
"We are the only A+ school in South Dakota. There are A+ schools in other states. It's an arts-integrated approach, but also focusing on the multiple intelligences and understanding each child is unique and has his own style of learning," principal Ann Marie Davis said.
The construction will not finish until December, but so far, any concerns seem to be demolished.
"I'm all set for anything at this school," Nelsen said.