(WBIR) The small community of Greenback has opened a new school for the first time in more than 80 years.
After a decade of fundraising and planning, students at the K-12 schools walked the halls for the first time Tuesday morning.
The new 148,000 square-foot building is just a couple hundred yards away from the old school, which is more than eight decades old. Students celebrated the fresh start by walking from their old school to the new building in a ceremonial march. They'll spend much of the day touring the new building and celebrating.
The fun activities included music, cheering and to top it off - cookie cake.
TAKE A TOUR: Greenback's new K-12 school
"It's indescribable. This is a phenomenal experience, and I am so blessed to be a part of it. This is truly incredible," said senior Donavon Folkner.
He along with his fellow seniors helped lead the rest of the school from the old building to the new one.
"We're gaining classroom space that is adequate. We're gaining science labs that are appropriate and educationally conducive, just cutting edge technology," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance.
It's taken almost 10 years to get to this point, but Vance says it's worth it.
"We're truly blessed. This is a historic moment for Loudon County, specifically for Greenback Schools," said Vance.
On Wednesday, students will start their day at the new school and classes will resume as normal.
Vance says they are still deciding the fate of the old building.
On Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the first basketball game in the new gym.