MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Winchester Avenue Elementary School bell rang in Martinsburg Tuesday, celebrating a $500,000 grant that will enable the overcrowded school to expand.
The West Virginia School Building Authority announced the award Monday. On Tuesday, children, administrators and teachers celebrated the announcement.
The money will be used to build an addition that will house a gymnasium/multipurpose room, restrooms and possibly two classrooms.
Daniel Plott and Derek Dyche, both fifth-graders at the school, said the expansion will make things easier for students.
"If it's raining outside and the ground is wet and we're doing exercises, we won't slip or anything," Plott said.
The school has a multipurpose room for physical education classes, art and music, but it's only slightly larger than a classroom. A new multipurpose room would be about 21/2 times bigger, and would provide room for dodge ball and other physical education activities.
The Berkeley County Board of Education had been considering an expansion for years but couldn't get the funding, said board President George "Bill" Sonnik III.