BTW students celebrate first week at new location

BTW students celebrate first week at new location
Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 at 9:18 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Before the last bell rang on Friday afternoon, Booker T. Washington students closed out their first week of classes at their new location with a pep rally.

"My favorite part was dancing, because I love to dance, and to just see everybody smiling and just happy to be here and happy to be together," Trinity Ross, a senior at BTW, said.

After a fire destroyed a building on BTW's campus, Ross knew she had to step in and help pick up the pieces.

"I was unpacking a lot of boxes, carrying a lot of dusty shelves, packing books up, all of that," Ross said. "I wouldn't have had it any other way."

Ross has attended BTW since she was a freshman.

"It feels good to contribute to what kids will hopefully have in the future," Ross said.

Even though the transition from BTW's old campus to the former site of Hayneville Road School was a hard one, she's excited for what lies ahead.

"This past week has been a complete transition into a whole new journey that I didn't expect to go on. You know, it's my senior year and I was like 'Oh! So, this is the stage that we're taking this year,' but it's become an amazing experience because all of the volunteers that dedicated so much time and so much effort to unpack boxes and make this school what it is," Ross said.

Johnny Daryanani, a math teacher at BTW, said the first week of classes at the new location have been a breeze.

"A lot of the students have just picked up from where they left off and have felt right at home and have come in and have picked up their work and have started doing things like they normally would have, so I didn't see any change in the student body's attitude towards the school," Daryanani said.

At the end of the day, to Daryanani, it's not a building that makes a school, it's the people.

"It's the people inside a home that make a home a place that is livable. Same thing with a school. It's the students, it's the administration, it's the faculty that contribute to make the aura of the school the way it is," Daryanani said.

The school's "FAME" foundation has collected $55,000 in donations, but more is still needed. If you would like to donate, visit

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