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Cooper Cubs Celebrate Opening of New Elementary School

Baihly Warfield
Updated: September 03, 2019 10:38 PM

SUPERIOR, Wis. - The first day of school is exciting for every kid and teacher, but this year was special at Cooper Elementary. 

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Tuesday morning was the first time classrooms in the brand new school building were filled with students. 

In April 2016, voters passed a referendum that made the new Cooper possible. 

The build didn't come without setbacks, though. 

"Not that we didn't have to put out a fire or two along the way," Board of Education President Len Albrecht joked at Tuesday afternoon's ceremony. 

In April 2018, an explosion and fire threw a wrench in the construction project. So it was especially sweet to open the building, and the kids were filled with excitement for everything a new school year brings. 

"The first thing when I walked in was like, I was so surprised like, oh my gosh, this is so cool," Allison Maki, 4th grade, said. 

"We learn and play and have some fun," Alyssa Benton said about her first day in 1st grade. 

"I get to see my friends at lunch and recess, and I finally get to see my best friend Carter H., and we get to play basketball again together," Collin Larose, 3rd grade, said. 

"I'm excited to hang out with my friends," Breanna Myer, 5th grade, said, "and I'm excited about the huge gym and having lockers."

"I was really excited to see every single room and all of the new teachers. It's just really big compared to the old one," 4th grader Nathan Ortega said. 

"My favorite part of this new building is the playground," Ayden Benton, a 3rd grader, said. 

"Meeting my teacher and playing with all my friends," is what 2nd grader Aliah Myer was excited for. 

"I'm really excited that the gym, since there's more room, we'll be able to do more funner things," Magnolia Maki said. "And we get lockers."

Principal Aaron Lieberz said they will be focused on family-building events over the next year and want the new Cooper Elementary to be a community building. 

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