New computers donated to Ringgold Middle from Washington D.C. - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

New computers donated to Ringgold Middle from Washington D.C.

Posted: Updated:

RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY (WRCB) -- A line of busy hands tap the keyboards at the newly rebuilt Ringgold Middle School.

In the computer lab students go through various programs aimed at improving their typing skills, all thanks to a U.S. government program that only heard about the devastation in Ringgold, and wanted to help from Washington.

Ringgold Middle School Principal Michael Sholl says, "They called us and said we have equipment, can we help? I said yeah, we really need computers."

The school lost more than 60 computers in wake of the storm, but the United States General Services Administration donated more than 50, which Sholl says is a blessing in disguise.

He didn't know if school would be in session this year.

"I really thought there is no way we can have school this year, " Sholl says. "I didn't think we could get school ready."

The storms ripped through Ringgold, causing millions of dollars in damage and claiming eight lives.

The middle school was completely leveled, in fact, students were in the classrooms earlier that day.

Scholl says he remembers getting a phone call saying everything was gone.

"In your mind you try to figure out how bad it is," he says. "'Gone' means it's nothing there."

The eighth grade wing was moved to the high school after it too was reduced to rubble.

After six months the area is coming back together, but the process for some has been quite tedious.

Through the disaster Sholl says he's learned much about himself as a leader, but during the down times it's the students who have made him stronger.

"Kids persevere," he says. "Adults don't do so well; kids know how to adapt."

The donated computers have an estimated value of $60,000.

The General Services Agency paid for the donations.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Easter events around the Tennessee Valley

    Easter events around the Tennessee Valley

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:12:35 GMT
    Here is a list of Easter Events happening in the Chattanooga area over the weekend. Be sure and share with us your Easter events on Facebook so we can add to the list.More
    Here is a list of Easter Events happening in the Chattanooga area over the weekend. Be sure and share with us your Easter events on Facebook so we can add to the list.
    More
  • Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Sunny and warm.  Heavy pollen.More
    Sunny and warm.  Heavy pollen.
    More
  • A cool start to easter, but warm and sunny this afternoon

    A cool start to easter, but warm and sunny this afternoon

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-04-20 11:08:38 GMT
    (WRCB) - Good Sunday. Your Easter morning has turned out to be just a bit cool with lows this morning ranging from the upper 30s in the mountains to the mid 40s in the valley.This afternoon, we will warm up quite a bit as highs climb to the mid to upper 70s. The low pressure that brought the clouds and light showers yesterday continues to pull away leaving in it's wake nothing but sunshine.The sunny skies continue Monday as we warm up to about 78. The average high is 73.More
    (WRCB) - Good Sunday. Your Easter morning has turned out to be just a bit cool with lows this morning ranging from the upper 30s in the mountains to the mid 40s in the valley.This afternoon, we will warm up quite a bit as highs climb to the mid to upper 70s. The low pressure that brought the clouds and light showers yesterday continues to pull away leaving in it's wake nothing but sunshine.The sunny skies continue Monday as we warm up to about 78. The average high is 73.
    More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.