Enterprise, AL (WSFA) – Teachers in Enterprise City Schools officially got back to work Wednesday morning.
State Superintendent Dr. Joe Morton joined school and community leaders for a city wide orientation to kick off the day.
It was especially sentimental for teachers at Enterprise High School as they reflected on the past three and a half years.
Since that deadly March 2007 tornado, they've been teaching out of trailers, but now they have brand new classrooms to call their own.
Following the assembly, workers put finishing touches on the buildings, while EHS employees gave tours of the new school.
Students helpers still couldn't get over the looks of their new home.
Becky Almquist, a senior at Enterprise High School said, "To be here, to know we'll get to eat in a lunchroom and have a locker, it's just overwhelming. I haven't had this since 9th grade."
Yet in the midst of the excitement, students and teachers remembered their fallen friends.
Choral Director John Baker taught three of the students killed in that tornado.
He says that even in a new school, their memory is still very much alive.
"That was the most important thing, that we remember those kids and those families always. They'll be a part of our history forever," said Baker.
Patti King, whose son is an upcoming senior said, "It just makes you so proud as a parent and as a member of this community. It's amazing to see that when faced with adversity, we've turned it around to something this incredible."
Parents say that even though school hasn't started yet, there is already a sense of community in the hallways.
They say that back in 2007, the school suffered a great loss, but it was in that loss that they found that their greatest strength—the strength of the community.
Students will head back to class on Monday.
The school will also hold a community open house on Sunday, August 29th.