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Student's diploma takes backseat to rebuilding home

Hayden Russell is still trying to come to grips over the tornado that destroyed his mom's house. Hayden Russell is still trying to come to grips over the tornado that destroyed his mom's house.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Limestone County school leaders met with the faculty and staff at Clements High School and Blue Springs Elementary to update them on the plans for the remainder of the school year.

The district said Tuesday 104 students between the two schools are homeless eight days after the tornadoes hit. Several of them are seniors preparing to graduate.

One of those seniors said a few weeks ago, all he thought about was receiving his diploma. Now, school is the last thing on his mind, as he figures out where he will live next. Hayden Russell is still trying to come to grips over the tornado that destroyed his mom's house.

"People lost their homes and it is right here at graduation. It is supposed to be one of the best times of your life, but everything has just changed," he said.

The Clements High School senior has spent the last eight days digging through debris and trying to find any of his belongings.

"It's been pretty emotional. You just dig through everything and see what you can find," Russell said.

Russell said some of his classmates have stopped by the property to help, their reactions all the same.

"They're pretty speechless," he said.

He said he knows at least one other Clements senior lost her house just a few blocks down from his mom. Russell said he wants to see how the rest of his classmates are, and he wants to graduate. But for right now, going back to school is about the last thing on his mind.

"I haven't thought anything about it; I don't care to," he said, adding that his focus is on "rebuilding, getting through it, and taking it one day at a time."

Plans for the re-opening of Blue Springs Elementary and Clements High School have not been announced, but school officials said they are working with the state for a modified curriculum which will allow seniors to graduate on-time.

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