Sandy-damaged OLC School finally reopens following Jersey City flooding

A school that has been closed since Sandy destroyed its ground floor has finally welcomed students back to school. The OLC School in Jersey City

The OLC School in Jersey City housed pre-K classes for 4-year-olds in a large room that was flooded when the Hudson River poured in through the front door.

The OLC School in Jersey City housed pre-K classes for 4-year-olds in a large room that was flooded when the Hudson River poured in through the front door. (9/25/13)

JERSEY CITY - A school that has been closed since Sandy destroyed its ground floor has finally welcomed students back to school.

The OLC School in Jersey City housed pre-K classes for 4-year-olds in a large room that was flooded when the Hudson River poured in through the front door.

Classes were moved to a nearby church for 11 months, as parents, teachers, staff and the community came together to get the kids back to their school.

"We needed to bring them back so they would be with us," says OLC School principal Anna Mae Stefaneloi. "We were lucky to have space and grateful for that. But now they are home."

Almost everything in the room was destroyed and had to be replaced, including furniture, walls and floors.

The space passed its final inspection Monday, allowing teachers to set up so kids could come back in for an official ribbon-cutting today.
 

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