|Updated: 8/17/2012 9:25 am
||Published: 8/16/2012 9:08 pm
The first day of school in Mannford was more than just reuniting with friends and teachers; it gave students the opportunity to get back to what was normal in their lives.
77 students in the district lost their homes in the wildfires.
So the faculty, community and generous people across Green Country donated the supplies needed to start school.
"Daddy, I have to show you something. In my backpack," said five-year-old Angelina Anaya.
She carries a lot of things in her backpack, but the past isn't one of them. Her father, Joe, looked at a paper with a drawing of a school on it.
"Angelina, I had a great first day of kindergarten," he read.
The Anaya family is one of the families in the district who lost everything. Angelina hasn't seen her home since they left but her father doesn't want her looking back.
"Even with the tragedy going on around us, they get part of their lives back," said Anaya.
He wants her focused on school and to enjoy being back around her friends.
"I love my school very much," said Angelina.
"She was really excited about it,” said Anaya. “She was the first one up out of bed. She enjoys school."
The family has been traveling back and forth from Tulsa to take Angelina and her brother Jorge to school. The family has been staying with family but luckily they had insurance as they wait to rebuild their home, they're rebuilding their lives.
"It shows our lives are starting to regroup and put back together," said Anaya.