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Some of the Spain Park students that were stranded for days in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. Some of the Spain Park students that were stranded for days in New York due to Hurricane Sandy.
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HOOVER, AL (WBRC) -

Thursday night, 12 Spain Park Students and their teacher finally returned home after being stranded in New York because of Hurricane Sandy.

"First I gave my mom a big hug. Got in the car, talked with her and ate something she cooked I didn't have to buy from a street vender," student Jacob Kimes said.

Friday, Kimes was back at Spain Park High School. The eleventh grader did not take Principal Dr. Ken Jaranigan up on an offer of an excused absence.

"I was already so far behind. I guess I thought, get back to my classes, catch up, start catching up on my life, my assignments so I can crank it out this weekend," Kimes said.

Sam Beckenstein felt the same need to catch up on his school work. Beckenstein says watching the devastation in New York hit close to home because he has relatives living in there.

"I talked to them this morning. They had to wait for gas up there. My grandfather's backyard's flooded. The whole neighborhood is flooded," Beckenstein said.

Both eleventh graders admit the destruction of Hurricane Sandy has forever left an impression on them and created an appreciation for the being home.

"It makes you realize again how fortunate you are to have what you have and to live where we are. Living here in Birmingham, I just thank God for keeping me safe. I look forward to having a warm bed that is mine," Kimes said.

"I think we are all better friends since we all stayed in a room together and realized what friends we are," Beckenstein said.

The student say they would be willing to return to New York to help with the cleanup, but their parents are not willing to let them go just so soon after coming home.

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