One hundred seventy 3-to-6-year-old students restarted their school year at the Post Oak School in Bellaire this week in one very large classroom: the school’s basketball gym. Harvey flooded the lower school campus at Bissonnet St. and Avenue B in Bellaire with 4 inches of water throughout its first floor late last month. The result: 15 classrooms and other learning spaces were temporarily closed as a result of water damage.
Five elementary-school classes were moved to Episcopal High School, which is next door to the 54-year-old Montessori school. But the Post Oak School’s 6 separate primary-level classes are staying on campus at 4600 Bissonnet — only relocated into its largest available unflooded space. Over 3 days prior to the reopening, Post Oak employees, parents, and volunteers from Austin Montessori School set up a giant six-pack of Montessori classrooms using whatever undamaged furniture and materials they could find. And — as the video above shows — they filmed it all.
More views of classes, now in session:
Photos and video: The Post Oak School
Lemons? Sweet lemonade. Bravo to the faculty and children of the Post Oak School. #houstonstrong, #resilience. And thanks to faculty from Austin Montessori School
You are all AMAZING! I’m so proud of your determination and resilience.
So inspiring! A little community of very special children and teachers! Love how everyone is busy doing their own self-directed learning:) my sister is a Montessori teacher in N carolina…I spent some time visiting my nephew and that day he was polishing silver and making toast! LUV this approach to learning!
What an amazing mammoth effort. So impressed. Having set up Montessori classrooms moving 5 classrooms and resetting them is a phenomenal job. Massive well done to all the staff… it looks stunning environment…
What a testimony! And “normalization” emerges amidst it all. Wow! Maria must be grinning!!
My God that would be an amazing setting for the ultimate dodgeball game.
I am amazed….this is wow….I love this, please keep me posted on how you guys manage this scholers..
This is an absolutely beautiful classroom. I wish dpmething like this could happen in Pntario (Canada). Our Laws would close the school down.
Wow! You are so inspiring. We are thinking of you and wish you all the best. What a wonderful example of reliance.