It was a cloudy day in the Livable Forest, but for students of Kingwood High School, it was a perfect day to celebrate their return to their resilient town.
On Saturday, March 24, the school opened its doors to show off the brand new school and all new renovations that have been in the making since Hurricane Harvey decimated the campus in late August of last year.
Humble ISD threw a ‘Welcome Back’ festival that featured various events such as a cake auction, multiple games, performances from the KHS marching band and a live band. Businesses like Torchy’s Tacos, Raising Cane’s, H-E-B and Kroger attended to give away free items and food.
Earlier in the week, the students had finally returned to their campus after being displaced to Summer Creek High School for the school year. The campus had to have $75 million in restoration from Harvey damage for it to reopen; and after seven months, there is still work to be done.
The estimated 2,600 students were ecstatic to return for more reasons than one. Sophomore Megan Whiteside is glad for everything the new arrangement has to offer.
“I think I’m going to have to say getting out of school at 2:40 instead of 4:30 every day is a big improvement, but mostly because I like the setup of Kingwood,” Whiteside said. “Now, with having our one lunch back, I’m able to see my friends more often and the options for tutoring and club meetings are offered again.”
The change was especially prevalent with the freshman class, who hadn’t even had a chance to adjust to high school at the KHS campus. For freshman Neha Shaw, the experience is a perfect way to end the school year.
“As a freshman, I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to get truly acquainted with the school and the environment, but after only one week, I already feel very comfortable. With my teachers back in their natural habitats, and a ‘new school’ that is fairly easy to navigate, I feel right at home,” Shaw said.
With the support of the community, Kingwood High School was able to land back on its feet and complete the school year “at home.”