Local School Gets Big Donation

By Brett Edwards | bedwards@wtwo.com

Published 07/22 2014 06:49PM

Updated 07/23 2014 12:07AM

The Dugger Union Community School Corporation received a donation from a school over one hundred miles away.
The donation is another instance that has brought the Dugger community closer together.

"Couldn't be more excited about seeing these things coming in daily for our kids," said Penny Cornelius, of Dugger.

No matter who you talk to about this upcoming school year, the response will be the same.

"Some days you're on top of the world, the next day you're right down in the valley. To see it all finally happening and coming true, it's just amazing. I mean words can't describe it," Gina Lovelace said.

Dugger Union Community School Corporation received desks, tables and chairs, thanks to a donation by Portland Christian School in Kentucky.

The minister of Dugger First Christian Church, Jerry Carmichael, has ties to the Kentucky school.

"I think the lord put it in my mind to call them and see if they had anything that they could not use or did not move and it's worked out," Carmichael explained.

The last several months have been a rollercoaster for Dugger residents, but it's been something that everyone in the community can take pride in.

"I mean I've seen everybody, every age group come together to support us, to know that we have a school in this community, that our kids don't have to drive 44 miles in one day to go to school," Lovelace added. "They can just drive down the street and have a safe place to go."

Tuesday's donation was something that the students enjoyed more than anybody else.

"If you watched them here, they just wanted to get in line and hold something and unload it. They just want to be a part of it," Cornelius said.

Union High School and Dugger Elementary closed earlier this year.

But they're re-opening as a charter school in the fall in partnership with Indiana Cyber Charter School.

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