Sioux City Volunteers Help Set Up New Pilger Middle School
PILGER, NE — "These kids coming from East High and Sioux City is great. Many hands have made light work today," said Wisner-Pilger Elementary and Middle School Principal Mark Potter. School begins August 14th for many students across the area, but devastating tornadoes in June destroyed most of Pilger, Nebraska-including the local middle school. Before now, the 30 fifth graders and 38 sixth graders didn't have a school to go to or desks to sit at. But thanks to volunteers from Sioux City-area schools, those children will be back to school on time. "That's what it's all about. It's about helping our kids and helping them to achieve," said Potter. The Sioux City School superintendent, Paul Gausman, says 70 desks, 10 tables and nearly 20 shelving units were donated. Those will be used inside three modular buildings being turned into a temporary school on the elementary school grounds in Wisner. "They'll be up as long as we need until we get something else built. We're hopeful it will be no longer than a year," said Wisner-Pilger Superintendent Chad Boyer. After being delivered to the new school thanks to Western Iowa Tech Community College's truck driving instructional program, they were then unloaded by by East High School's football coach Bob Goodvin and 15 of the players and other student volunteers. "It's such a good feeling to have schools helping schools," said Boyer.