“The Dugger community will be whole again”


DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) – A victory for the community of Dugger this week.

Dugger-Union High is now in the hands of the community.

Those who fought to reopen the school now have the keys to the building.

With the strength of a community new life is being put back into the old Union-Dugger High School.

“It’s very overwhelming. I put a call out and they just started coming and asking, what can I do, what can I do,” said Nikki McCoy, a coach at Dugger-Union.

With more than 25 classrooms that await nearly 300 students there is more than enough to do.

“Everything from ceilings, walls, windows, and cleaning the carpets,” said McCoy.

The list of chores goes on and on.

“We really had to get down and get the ground in dirt out, so it’s been a challenge,” said McCoy.

It’s just another challenge parents, like Gina Lovelace, are prepared to overcome.

“As parents we’ve all joined together, and we are going to make this the best we can for all the kids,” said Lovelace.

She is one of more than 100 volunteers who all remain Bulldog strong.

“I think it will make us much more successful knowing the community is involved,” said Lovelace.

“It’s history and if we lose our school we lose our town and we don’t want to do that,” said Marsha Fisher, a volunteer.

For the community it’s a long-awaited moment that made the year-long struggle well worth it.

“We’re not just a school we’re a big family,” said McCoy.

“It has been a time of up’s and down’s where you are excited one minute, then all your hopes are destroyed, then you’re back up again, but it feels terrific to know it’s happening,” said Lovelace.

“The community will be whole again,” said Fisher.

They are still in need of donations and volunteers.

The first day of the new charter school is August 25th.

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