April 26, 2006--Posted at 5:00 p.m. CST
"Got to go back to school," said student Casey Lowe.
"It's just like the first day of school," said Lowe.
"The damage is extensive across the community, but we are so thankful that we have all of our students," said Marmaduke Superintendent Debbie Smith.
After missing 17 days of school, staff, students and especially parents were glad to hear the school bell ring.
"It's weird. It looks different," said Casey Lowe.
However, the most talked about topic of the day were student's recollections on how they dealt with the storm.
"We were holding hands, praising God, and we are just blessed that we are all still alive," said one 1st grader.
For a school district that has student's who now live throughout the region, Wednesday was a chance for them to return to a school building that has become the symbol for Marmaduke. And for the first time since April 2nd a unified student body rallied together and sang school's Alma Mater.
"They sang it in a way I haven't heard them sing it in a long time. You could just tell that Greyhound pride is back at Marmaduke," said Smith.