POST, TX (KCBD) - It's a week of new beginnings for Post Independent School District.
The students have had a week off school since their elementary school burned to the ground last Sunday. They stepped into classrooms in their new elementary building Monday morning.
They moved into the old Post High School building, and the high school students started classes in a brand-new building the district began constructing in October.
Some parents who attended high school in the former building said they could not believe the transformation that happened in just a week.
Teachers directed students to their new classrooms and carried through with a plan they established during a meeting the day after the fire, to set strong examples for their students.
"It is about these babies, getting them back to normal as quickly as possible," said Post Elementary Principal Staci Marts. "It's a new normal, but they're what's important."
The teachers also asked parents to hold their students' hands as they walked into their new school building for the first time.
"These babies need to know that it is okay," Marts said. "They were doing that this morning and they're invited to do that this week. I haven't heard a negative word yet."
The halls are full of signs showing support for the elementary students in their time of need.
"It's a visual of how many people have been thinking of us," Marts said, "praying for us, taking care of us and helping us in so many ways."
Donations and help have come from people across the South Plains, Marts said.
"Either praying for us or handing us money or supplies," she said. "It's been a blessing."
There's more change coming for the students as the elementary prepares to move over 70 fifth graders from the library into two separate portables donated by Frenship ISD.
"They're working and getting back in the groove," Marts said, "back where we need to be."
Despite the tragedy, Marts said it's easy for the teachers and students to see the bright side of the situation.
"This has been a wonderful, uplifting experience," she said. "It's been great. It really has. It was a tragedy, yes, that we had to lose that building…but we've been provided for."
To donate to Post Elementary, contact Kim Mills-Oller, director of programs, at email@example.com.