It has been nearly two weeks since a deadly tornado crippled the Enterprise school system. Hundreds of teachers and administrators met Tuesday before heading back to school Wednesday.
Retired Enterprise teachers lined Main Street with waving flags, signs in hand and applause showing the current teachers how much they appreciate them.
Many teachers who showed up for Tuesday morning's meeting were met with hugs and smiles from the retirees who tried to imagine what they have been through recently.
Beverly Inman, a retired Enterprise teacher said, “We cannot fathom what they went through looking at the students. They went way beyond their call of duty; they're our heroes.”
City school employees filled the pews at First Baptist Church the day before they head back to the classrooms.
It was a time to gather for support and to gain motivation after the deadly tornados disrupted their daily lives.
Enterprise School Asst. Superintendent Bob Pharis said, “They had a strong feeling of resolve to go forward with a very positive spirit there.”
Holly Hill teachers have been hard at work clearing space for the Hill Crest teachers and students displaced by the tornado.
Both teachers attended Tuesday’s meeting.
“We're excited to get back and get things going,” Hillcrest Elementary Teacher Debra Campbell said.
Holly Hill Elementary Teacher Christie Hogan said, “We will work well, be flexible and greet them with open arms.”
The signs and flags were just the beginning of the greeting Enterprise teachers will see in the days to come.
School officials say they don't plan on getting a lot accomplished academically Wednesday.
It will just be a day to get the students back in a normal routine and a chance to talk about the tragedy if they want to.
Holly Hill students will meet from 8AM until noon.
Hillcrest students will meet from 1:30 to 5:30PM.
Enterprise High School students will have classes at EOCC Monday through Thursday from 12:30-5:30PM and from 8AM to12:30PM on Friday.