November 9, 2016: A groundbreaking ceremony for Blue Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, took place on November 6 after a tornado destroyed the original building on July 9, 2015.
A small crowd attended the event at which a plaque was given to the school’s principal, Rachel Wardecke, who had been trapped in the old building as the tornado destroyed it.
The Berks-Mont News reports that Wardecke said, “God is good, all the time,” upon receiving the plaque.
Dr. Jeff Bovee, the Vice President of Education from the Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, credited Wardecke for her work to restore the school after the tornado.
“It is a tremendous challenge to face the loss of a school. There is more work to it than anybody realizes unless you’re on staff and you have to work through that.”
Boyee said that “the Seventh-Day Adventist education is alive and well in this community… We’re very excited about the very soon reality that a building is going to come up in this very location. Once again students will be able to come to this place to learn.”
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