After devastating wildfires swept across Mannford burning thousands of acres and devastating hundreds of homes, going back to "normal"seems impossible.
But that is just what students at Mannford schools are trying to do Thursday as schools in Mannford start again.
As they walk through the familiar halls of the Mannford schools for the first time since the fires, Superintendent Steve Waldvogel says he hopes it will help restore some sense of "normalcy."
Waldvogel said although 5 staff members and at least 70 students lost everything in those destructive fires, postponing the first day of school was not a consideration. He believes that going back to school will actually help the healing process for students and help restore that missing sense of "normal."
The overwhelming response from surrounding communities who donated school supplies, food, clothes, and cash donations made going back to school on time an option.