St. Kevin students, teachers return to class as cleanup continues

West Bay

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Students of the St. Kevin School in Warwick resumed classes in their temporary new building Wednesday morning.

Randall Holden Elementary School, which was closed last year due to school consolidations, re-opened for the 250 K-8 students, who were out of school for more than a week due to a water pipe break. The break caused serious damage to the library and at least 20 classrooms.

On Tuesday night, St. Kevin parents and students got a tour of Randall Holden so they would know what to expect before the first day of classes.

Joyce Cerullo said her third-grader, Brandon, was sad to leave St. Kevin.

“He was really upset yesterday when we came to look at the school. He’s like, ‘I just want to go back to St. Kevin,'” Cerullo said. 

Cerullo said her son’s teachers tried to help as best they could during the unexpected, extended break so students wouldn’t fall too far behind.

“Teachers from St. Kevin were supplying some work over the internet and stuff, so it was good that they kept all the parents in the loop,” Cerullo said. 

The re-opening Randall Holden took some work, though.

Teachers, volunteers and even some Warwick firefighters came to help clean up and make the classrooms ready to learn in again.

“When it comes to a disaster like this, I think the community does get together to help out, and this was a great thing that they did for the kids, opening up the school, when it was already closed down,” Cerullo said.

Father Marciano said repairs at St. Kevin could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

“I’m just glad they’re in school. That’s my biggest thing is I’m glad that they’re in school,” Cerullo said.

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