The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

August 16, 2013

New school year awaits kids who survived twister

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A handful of wind-battered trees are beginning to grow new leaves and branches again. Seven crosses, each carrying the name of a child killed in the storm, are accompanied by an eighth that has a black "7'' inside a red heart.

"I'm not going to act as though those first couple of weeks (after the storm) weren't so terribly difficult, because they were," said Superintendent Robert Romines, a longtime Moore resident who took the district's top post over the summer. "But since that day, we have turned a lot of corners. After our last funeral, we turned a corner."

The district will build new schools at the sites of the old ones; the new ones will have tornado-safe rooms.

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