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'Like a dream': Teachers return to tornado-damaged SC school for the first time

On Tuesday, teachers at North Central had their first chance to return to their classrooms after a tornado devastated part of the campus.

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — It was an emotional experience for teachers at North Central High School Tuesday when they returned to their classrooms for the first time after a tornado devastated the campus. 

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Christina Sims is a four-year math teacher at the school. She says "it felt like a dream."

"It's just hard to see your school look like that," Sims said. "My classroom wasn't that bad, but there were a lot of others and just flooding and a lot of exposed ceilings."

She says they were given two boxes and 30 minutes to grab what they could.

"It was hard because you don't realize how much you need and use. It was hard trying to decide what was most important and what you would need to be able to continue and teach your students," she said.

She believes the next phase will be challenging, but she's setting goals to get through it.

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"Right now, make it through tomorrow, and once tomorrow's over, then make it through Thursday, and once Thursday's over, make it through Friday," she said, "then we'll have a little bit of a break and then, hopefully, things will start to feel more normal on Tuesday."

The school district has created a list of items teachers will need when students return, including pencils, paper and cleaning supplies.

The complete list and how to donate can be found at kcsdschools.net/recovery.