TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – When a tornado damaged two schools in Tippecanoe County last fall, it also destroyed more than ten trees. Mintonye Elementary fifth grade students returned to plant a tree as a symbol of starting over.
Mintonye Elementary and Southwestern Middle schools are undergoing repairs after last fall’s tornadoes.
The tree planting was hosted by Tree Lafayette as a celebration of Earth Day. Students helped plant, water and spread mulch. They also got the chance to look inside their school for the first time since the storm.
Mintionye students are ready for things to get back to normal.
“I’m going to remember this day and remember what it meant to me and what the school year meant, fifth grade student Zoe Wang said.
“I think it’s awesome that it’ll be remembered for the fifth grade and all the memories that we’ve had here,” fifth grade student Samantha Cooper said.
Principal Rob Skaggs said reconstruction work has been smooth. He hopes to be back in the building by the start of the next school year.