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Valley Park school recovering after massive flood damage

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VALLEY PARK, Mo. ( -- A year after a private Valley Park school lost everything in the historic floods, it has a new location.

Apprende School suffered a lot of damage to the building and learning materials last year.

Tuesday was the first day in their new place, thanks to the community.

“It was a long time ago, so we moved all this stuff right here,” said five-year-old Blase Jones.

That long time ago was January, 2016, when his school swallowed by historic flood waters.

“We lost all ceilings, all floors, everything caved in,” Jones said.  

The school lost tens of thousands of dollars in books, electronics and other materials.

The school teaches students Pre-K through 12th grade, from special needs to advanced learning.  

“We all stayed together. We're a close-knit unit,” said school administrator Dr. Gerry Munger. Munger says community support helped them push through the adversity.

“Didn't even miss a beat. We started back up in January, we rented up some local hotel space boardrooms and we did that for a couple months,” he said.

The school is renting from the Valley Park United Methodist Church and now have about six classrooms and enrollment expected to double from 24 to 56.

“It's devastating to hear that all that stuff was lost, but we're slowly regaining all the stuff back and we're sticking together,” said eighth grader Cheyenne Turner.

Sticking together has gotten them this far, and if you ask Blase and Chase, it's what will keep them going.

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