SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- For most kids, going back to school is not something that's celebrated. At Salyersville Grade School, it's a symbol of progress.
Tuesday was the start of a new school year in Magoffin County, five months after the area was ravaged by a tornado.
The storm hit the school system hard.
"Our entire story has been that of inspiration," Principal Willie Cole said. "Ever since that devastation and that moment of impact on March 2 when we had the tornado, it kind of puts you in a situation where you're on your heels a little bit."
After the storms shredded the newer elementary school, teachers and students were forced to move into the old grade school building, parts of which are more than 70-years-old.
"I kind of got scared to come here," said Kennedy Hoskins, a sixth-grader. "But now I’m starting to like it a lot."
Theresa Miller, a teacher at SGS for 26 years, said, "My students first walked in and I was watching them get their things out of their backpack and it was so sweet. It was just like the first day of any school in our new school. And I just kind of thought, we're going to be okay."
The building was actually not suitable for use until July 27. That's when 70 volunteers from across the state spruced it up, even giving the hallways a new paint job.
Volunteers with the Kentucky Education Association will be in Salyersville Friday.
They will help prepare teachers as they move into Salyersville Grade School.
That school will be used as repairs are made to the elementary and middle schools.
Both were damaged in the March storms.
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