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Returning to class: Trinity High students happy to see friends in new surroundings

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Katelyn Rummel is sad that she won’t get to walk across the same stage her father did when graduation times comes, but was happy to get back to class Monday.

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One of 39 Trinity High School students in the class of 2014, Rummel — who attended her school’s Region 7 girls’ basketball game at Dickinson High School — said she was getting tired of being at home.

“I was getting bored last week and I was a little lonely,” Rummel said. “I missed seeing my friends, so it was really good to see those faces again. I think our administration and our teachers are working really hard — we’re going to make this work.”

Following a fire last week at Trinity High, the school’s students were back in class Monday, though stated classes were held in a number of different locations. For juniors and seniors, it was the Pine Room at St. Joseph’s Church, which will be the de facto home for the two grades until at least the end of the school year.

“It’s kind of a small area and it’s in sections,” Rummel said. “It’s going to be different, but we are all incredibly thankful to St. Joe’s for providing that space and for all the community support we’ve received that’s helping us get back on our feet.”

Like Rummel, Trinity eighth-grader Jayden Dolechek — who began attending classes in the Prairie Rose Elementary building on Monday — also started to get bored as last week dragged on.

“It was a little weird being in a new school,” Dolechek said. “It was more crowded and I got lost a couple times. It was getting boring being at home, though.”

Also attending Monday’s Trinity basketball game at DHS, Dolechek and classmate Dyson Merry said they appreciated the red Ts that were placed on their lockers at Prairie Rose.

“The (Prairie Rose) kids kept giving us high fives, which was cool,” Merry said.

As cleanup crews continued the job of putting Trinity High School back together on Monday, some students, including Rummel, were able to retrieve their personal belongings, which were bagged and readied for pickup in the school’s gymnasium.

“That was hard,” Rummel said. “That’s kind of when it hit home for me. They had the gym cleaned up, but I could smell smoke as soon as we walked in. It’s definitely sad thinking that I won’t be walking those halls anymore.”

Dickinson Catholic Schools President Steve Glasser called Monday a “good day,” saying the transition went relatively smoothly.

“We had a lot of smiling faces and that was good,” Glasser said.

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