InView: Oak Grove Lutheran SchoolConsider the delight of senior Becca Conant as she came across photograph after photograph of her grandfather, father and uncle during their years as students at Oak Grove Lutheran School.
By: Ann Arbor Miller, INFORUM
Consider the delight of senior Becca Conant as she came across photograph after photograph of her grandfather, father and uncle during their years as students at Oak Grove Lutheran School.
On a recent Friday morning, Becca and a few classmates took a break from salvage efforts at the school’s north Fargo campus, where floodwaters infiltrated two buildings just five days earlier.
Neatly stacked piles of “Oak Leaves,” the school’s annual, sat on a table in the untouched Scheels Center. The yearbooks provided a much-deserved reprieve from the tasks at hand.
Consider the disgust of sophomore Jordan Richards as he discovered first a pair of men’s gray boxer shorts and then a moldy sandwich in the same locker on the top floor of Benson Hall, which was flooded on two lower levels.
Jordan and other student volunteers spent a portion of Friday moving the contents of each locker into a cardboard box. The boxes will be claimed at a later date. Industrial lights powered by generators and sunlight filtered through fogged windows illuminated the otherwise dim and dank hallway.
Consider the simple message of gratitude that awaits visitors who find themselves in a vacant, lower-level classroom in Benson Hall.
“Hello Flood Fighters! Thank you!” reads the handwritten note scrawled on a large whiteboard.
Regardless of what surprises the Red River holds in coming days and weeks, the family of Oak Grove will remain watchful, grateful and united.
“In View” is a photo column by Fargo-based photojournalist Ann Arbor Miller focusing on everyday people and places in our community. Look for it Mondays in The Forum. To suggest future column ideas, e-mail annarbormiller [at] gmail[dot]com.