WEST, Texas (KXAN) – The explosion in the town of West last April leveled homes and an entire school. But Tuesday offered another chance to move forward as the community continues to heal.
Students members of the town’s Future Farmers of America were getting set to move into a new agriculture building on Tuesday, replacing the old one the blast destroyed.
It was like going back in time as the teens looked inside their new building built atop their old intermediate school.
“I can see the floors the lights, the teachers, the smiles,” said Truett Scott, a junior at the high school. “It makes me feel at home again with my fourth grade and fifth grade family.”
The new 6,000 square-foot building was constructed just a few hundred yards from the site of the explosion. It’s now a symbol of new life.
“Exciting, very exciting,” said sophomore Garrett Meurer. “It’s a sense of progress that were getting back to what we used to do.”
As these teens celebrated raising more than $130,000 toward funding the new building, they also had a new appreciation for life.
“It changed my life, but I would say it changed it for the better,” said senior Jolee Meurer. “In the worst situations it made me look to the best, it made me realize what we really have, and what we really take for granted in life.”
“Live each day to the fullest,” junior Hannah Schneider added, “and be thankful for everything you have, no matter what happens.”
The new $200,000 facility will be used as a technical skills and mechanics shop for nearly 200 West area students once its finished this spring.”