NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11)- It was an exciting day for Henryville Elementary School students. Once again, they strapped on their backpacks and head back to class. But, they're not returning to their school.
After an EF4 tornado ripped apart their old school, they have created new classrooms in the Family Life Center at the Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany.
Principal Glenn Riggs says the students were hungry to get back to school. Many students said they were most excited about seeing friends they had not seen since before the tornado.
Coordinating nearly 700 students in a new environment was not without its challenges. But, Dr. Riggs says they were mostly minor kinks that will be taken care of with a little time.
Linda Hedrick was picking up her granddaughter Kayla. She said the break was tough. Kayla missed school and all her friends but Linda was impressed by how quickly the faculty picked up the pieces and got back to work.
Everyone worked together to bring things back to normal, or as close as possible.