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Webbers Falls Public Schools, a year after the damage and a pandemic

Posted at 5:10 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 06:42:14-04

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — Last summer, the Webbers Falls community watched as homes, businesses and their school took on several feet of water.

All of the classrooms, supplies, furniture, and walls had to be torn out and redone.

As the devastating news spread, ONEOK donated 120 thousand dollars for a new playground, iPads, and chrome books.

FEMA, and insurance covered more costs, and in addition, school districts from across the state donated desks, chairs, book cases and more.

Now, a year later, they face a pandemic with the rest of the nation, which was tough, but they managed to finish the school year strong.

The schools Superintendent Dixie Swearingen says the hardest part was the paperwork, and handling state demands, while also trying to support parents and families that lost everything.

“Them walking in the door, it was so wonderful to know that we could open those doors and get those students back in the halls," Swearingen said. "To see them greeting each other, hugging each other, helping each other out.”

COVID-19 brought additional stress on teachers and students this spring as they prepared to learn from home.

With the school year ending, all are saying goodbye to the woman who's been working in school administration the last 29 years, and as superintendent the last 7 years.

Superintendent Swearingen will be retiring June 30th to take care of family.

She says although the year has been hard, they are blessed and thankful to everyone for all of their help this past year of turmoil.

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