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KIDS Committee breaks ground on new addition

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SHELDON, Iowa (KTIV) -

The Kids Committee finalized plans to expand East Elementary School at the end of July.

Friday's groundbreaking was filled with enthusiasm from young students, faculty, and community members.

Sheldon High cheerleaders helped bring some school spirit to the event.

A few 4th-grade students also shared a top ten list of reasons they're excited about project, even though they won't be in the new building when it's done next year.

"I feel great because all the other kids get to have a new school," said 4th grader Max Hamil.

"I'm pretty excited and I'm happy that all the other kids get to have a new school," said 4th grader Rachel Maggert.

The new addition will be about 24,000 square feet and cost $5,700,000.

Voters approved funding for the building back in February.

It'll include eight classrooms and a gym.

School leaders say more space is desperately needed.

"We're bursting at the seams in terms of having enough space for all the specials programs that are in education these days. We're finding ourselves with student learning in spaces that were meant to be storage closets," said Lisa Johnson, Co-chair for the Kid's Committee.

The outside of the building should be complete in about a year then crews will begin work on the inside.

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