In two weeks students and teachers in Magoffin County will return to class.
This school year isn't as easy to prepare for because of the March tornado.
Friday WKYT was in Salyersville as teacher helped teacher look past devastation and to the future.
It's a rainy Friday morning outside an old grade school, but inside its sunny and bright.
What was once old will soon be new again for students and teachers at the Magoffin County school.
Last March a tornado ripped apart Salyersville Grade School forcing it back to a building it outgrew over ten years ago.
Now its a race against the clock, with teacher helping teacher.
"So we have active teachers, retired teachers, support professionals,and student teachers all here to help renovate the school," said Jacqueline Horsman, organizer with Outreach 2 Teach.
70 members of the Kentucky Education Association in partnership with the Outreach 2 Teach program are rolling up their sleeves and sprucing up what was the old elementary building.
Some of the volunteers drove seven hours just to lend a hand.
"This is such an experience. To know we are helping the kids and we are helping a community, it doesn't matter where we are from we are all one family and we are just here to help the kids," said volunteer Marie McMillen.
When third grade teacher Tonya Damron welcomes here students in August she will be going old school in her teaching techniques.
"We went from smart boards to blackboards, we have chalkboards now. We have no technology except for a computer and printer," said teacher Tonya Damron.
It's a quick turn around for all the volunteers, the lesson plan is simple get as much done as possible in one day.
"At the end of the day there will be flower pots throughout the school to make the outside look nice, there will be two new murals in the school, and each hallway is being painted a different color," said Horsman.
Failure is not an option for this school or the volunteers and that's why at the end of the day making the grade is about getting this building ready for the first day of school.
School officials say they expect to be in the current building for at least the next three years.
School in Magoffin County starts August 7.
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