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Hutchison Beach Elementary Opens for First Day After Flood Damage

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Hutchison Beach Elementary school was full of learning and smiles Thursday, as students returned to campus for the first day of school. School officials made the decision to push back the start after heavy rains flooded the campus this weekend.

The flood just came. I mean through three-fourths of my campus was flooded, three inches deep, computers damaged, books damaged, bookshelves, I mean just etc.," said Principal Glenda Nouskhajian

In most places, you'd never know the campus was underwater four days ago. The community and school district employees came together very quickly to repair the damages. The carpet was replaced in some classrooms, and those teachers were able to move in yesterday.

The media center is still a little bare, however. It needs new carpet and bookshelves.

Nouskhajian said she and the faculty were so happy to have students back on campus.

"We've been waiting, and we've been waiting, and two days is a long time when the kids are supposed to be with you. We've been anticipating, and when they pulled up today in their cars, and they're waiving, and they came off the buses and all smiles, your heart, you just light up."

The students are also participating in a new program this year. "The Leader in Me" program will have students tracking their own successes and taking on a leadership position in their class.

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