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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Caruthersville Elementary School Students Head Back To Class

September 05, 2006 -- Posted at 3:00 P.M.  CDT

Caruthersville, MO -- For Dana Constant and her first grade class, it's business as usual on the first day of a brand new school year. 

"Yes, they are very anxious, and I'm just as anxious as well," said Constant.

As Caruthersville School District recovers from April's tornado that destroyed many of the buildings, teachers and administrators are making strides to regain a sense of normalcy for the students.

"Considering everything we've gone through, I think everyone is excited, and ready to get back into the swing of things," said third grade teacher, Jenny Long.

"There was a lot of moving to do, but I think our teachers and our staff handled it very well.  It was a lot of hard work, and we have a very dedicated staff," said Assistant Principal, Ryan Perkins.

Fortunately, the elementary school did not sustain a lot of damage during the tornado. 

The high school, middle school, and elementary school students shared the elementary school building for the remainder of the school year.

"Things in our building seem normal because we don't have high school and middle school here like we did at the end of last year, so it seems more normal to them," said Long.

Teachers and administrators recognize and praise efforts by the community to get the school back in shape, and get the year off to a smooth start.

"We've had several people and businesses in the community donate large amounts to us.  They have given us so much time, and so many donations. The community has responded well to our needs," said Perkins.

For students like Anne Marie Currie......

"Yes, I am very, very ready," said Currie.

Summer was fun, but it's back to the books.  

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