Henryville students return to school Tuesday looking for 'new normal'


by Bryan Baker


Posted on August 7, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 9:29 PM

Henryville, Ind. (WHAS11)- On Tuesday, Aug. 6, students in Henryville, Ind. headed back to class and returned to the school that was badly damaged five months ago by a devastating tornado.
Students attended classes to finish last year miles away, at Graceland Christian in New Albany or the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. Students would board buses in Henryville and be taken to their schools.
But all of that is over.

Many of those students escaped on March 2 in some of the very school buses that will drive them back Tuesday.
Contractors worked around the clock to get the school open in time for the students. Some of them were working into the night Monday. So were some teachers, still at the school which is remarkably in the same place, setting up their classrooms.
Henryville's new normal is moving on from tragedy to redemption. The storm is in the rearview mirror but it is still not the prevailing attitude among many at the school. The new normal is even the theme of the marching band and color guard's fall show, taking audiences from the day of the storm until present time.
Signs around the Henryville schools welcome the students back. Many say they are excited to have a new home.

WHAS11's Bryan Baker has more from the students, teachers, and faculty. Click on the video player above.


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