MOORE, Okla. — It was an emotional day for Moore schools just three months after the powerful EF5 tornado destroyed more than a thousand homes and two elementary schools. Today was the first day of classes and for some that meant a new and unfamiliar location.
The teachers inside said things went smoothly and the kids were being themselves. There were a lot of emotions this morning though before the day started. Some kids were nervous and others excited, but a lot of parents had the typical first day of school tears.
The first day of school is always hard for parents but Jennifer Billy had a couple of reasons why dropping her kids off at the temporary Plaza Towers in Central Jr. High was especially emotional for her.
“One because you know it’s a new year and we are trying to start fresh,” says Billy. “And two because I just keep thinking some parents didn’t get to pick their kids up last year, at the end of the year.”
Her kids were excited but she and her husband were still a little nervous.
Jennifer Billy says, “Our son, he’s in first grade. He kept saying is it time yet? Is it time yet?”
Adam Billy says, “It’s a little harder to let go because of what happen last year.”
They said they’ll probably be the first parents waiting when school lets out and they might even stop by at lunch. Shanna Jones says her daughter Megan knows being at Central Jr. High means Jr. High food.
“We heard rumors that the cafeteria is going to be a little bit different for them,” says Jones. “They might have some choices instead of regular cafeteria food!”
They were greeted this morning by a furry welcoming committee to ease those jitters. They were the same therapy dogs that toured the damage in the wake of May’s storms.
A few kids stopped for first day of school pictures in front of their temporary sign.
Both the kids and teachers are staying positive but keeping their last, last day of school in the back of their minds.
Fourth grade teacher Nikki McCurtain says, “It’s just beautiful that these kids have something to look forward to, that I can be their hope in the darkness.”
Parents did say that the classrooms were a little crowded but knew the school was trying their best to make their kids feel comfortable.
A few teachers kept in touch with their students all summer which parents say helped turn the school into a family.