By Ashley Garner
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Although school was closed Sunday, students could be seen walking the halls at one school here in the capital city.
After years of anticipation, renovations are finally complete at Saint Richard Catholic School and Sunday parents, teachers and students celebrated in a special way.
Following Mass the entire congregation of St. Richard Church was led to the newly renovated school for a traditional Catholic blessing ceremony.
"Inside this facility it's more than education we teach God's word and it's a building we want to bless," said Principal Jules Michel.
This is the first major renovation project at St. Richard's in 57 years.
"I have been waiting for this day a long, long time," said student Ellie Heilman.
And so has the principal, who was one of the first graduates of the school.
"I was one of the first 1st graders in 1953. My parents helped build the original building," added Principal Michel.
From A to Z these classrooms have seen several changes that many say has been years in the making.
"I've been here for several years and we went through a long transition of getting to this point. Everything about it is geared toward the children and for the children and all that we do in the classes," added teacher Tricia Meyers.
"It's been a long time coming! I think it's innovative, exciting it's a beautiful facility. The kids love it!" said parent, Laura Heilman.
Regardless of how long the renovations took, students are happy after a facelift from the top all the way to the bottom.
"I love the new school, I think it's awesome!" added little Ellie Heilman.
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