Almost four years after the deadly Sandy Hook shooting rocked our nation, officials have opened the doors of the newly-built elementary school.
On Friday, Newtown residents were invited to visit the 86,000-square-foot elementary school, which is expected to open for students next month.
The original school was torn down in 2013, one year after a crazed gunman stormed the building, executing 20 first-graders and 6 adults.
To this day, the Sandy Hook massacre is one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history.
After the horrific shooting, the town was given a $50 million grant to build the new school, which is located on the same property as the original structure.
"Our goal was to create a place of community and learning, a place that would honor those we lost and allow those who were left behind the chance to move forward," First Selectman Patricia Llodra said in a statement, according to The Hartford Courant.
While the media was invited to check out the school in the morning on Friday, residents were asked to come later for a more personal tour.
"The transition to the new school needs to be as seamless as possible for the children," Superintendent Joseph Erardi said in a statement, according to the Courant. "That is why we are setting up this day; and therefore, asking everyone to give us the space we need to allow high quality teaching and learning when we return for our first day of school."
According to the Associated Press, the new school has video monitoring, an elevated ground floor, and impact-resistant windows.
Nearly 400 students are expected to enroll in the fall, 70 of them being children who attended the original school at the time of the deadly shooting four years ago.