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A new beginning for Central Union Church

Larry Corbett Larry Corbett
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HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's been a year since a fire erupted at the Central Union Church in Honolulu. Since that time, preschool students have had to make do without classrooms and other educational areas. But now, these same students take a first step in restoring their school.

Young preschool and kindergarten students at Central Union Church are full of energy and excitement and it shows.

On this day, there are plenty of smiles on the faces of these children and their parents.

But a year ago, it was a different story. After an early morning fire broke out in the ewa corner of the school building and then quickly spread.

Before it was put out, the fire destroyed three classrooms, a children's library, storage rooms and more.

The blaze also disrupted school for these kids. But rather than dwell on a darker time in their past, these teachers are now having their students look to a brighter future.

"We had the adversity of the fire a year ago, that destroyed the classrooms and administrative space. Today, we've planted this tree as a new beginning," said Larry Corbett, the senior minister at Central Union Church.

Students shared in the planting ceremony, putting dirt on the tiny tree. With the hope, this lesson of a new beginning will also take root in their young minds.

Eventually, new classrooms will be built where the old ones stood.

There are even future plans for an expanded campus here.

And that has many others, sharing the enthusiasm of these children.

"I think they're a little young to understand, but the parents and staff are excited about the groundbreaking and getting started on construction of new classrooms," said Corbett.

The new classroom construction and campus upgrade will cost up to $15 million. Insurance will cover part of that but the church is hoping to also raise $13 million in donations.

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