Enterprise, AL (WSFA) – Construction is moving along on the new Enterprise High School.
You'll recall, the old high school was destroyed by that deadly tornado back in 2007.
Bob Tomberlin, Director of Operations for the school system, says the auditorium and stadium field house are behind schedule, but the academic building is right on track.
He said, "We have been assured that it will be finished in time for students to begin classes here in the fall. The closer we get, the more excited we get. We can't wait to get these kids back in a normal school setting."
The new school will have 103 academic classrooms, and when students begin classes here, they'll find some special details thanks to a cookbook and group of giving women.
Judi Stinnett, an EHS graduate and former EHS teacher, along with a group of 6 women, wanted to find a way to help in the rebuilding efforts.
That's when they cooked up the idea of raising money by compiling a cookbook.
As their cookbook fundraiser took shape, it became just as much of a history book as a collection of recipes.
Stinnett said, "It has pictures and stories in it, so that's why it's called, 'A Look Back Through Time; EHS Recipes and Recollections.'"
They money raised was originally supposed to go towards the school's cafeteria, but funding for that became available.
That's when the focus shifted to classroom incidentals, things that are no longer covered by classroom funding for teachers.
"It's things like pencil sharpeners, trash cans, floor mats, and window coverings so they can show movies," said Stinnett.
The pre-sales have been such a success, the ladies say they'll more than likely have to order another shipment.
"We're excited for people to get them in their hands," said Stinnett.
So as the women gear up for distribution, which begins Saturday, crews continue work at the school.
What was once a scene of disaster is now the picture of a community coming together.
You can pick up your copy of the cookbook Saturday at Enterprise's Summerfest. There will also be an opportunity to order one if you missed the pre-sale.
Sunday, you can get your book signed by previous teachers, administrators, and students, some of whom are flying hundreds of miles to be there.
The autograph event is from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the school's service center on Highway 84 East.