SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Cathedral High School students are one step closer to getting their lives back on track following the June 1st tornado. Thursday night students had the chance to come together and pick up their belongings they left behind in the school.
“Seeing that broke my heart, I couldn’t believe it,” said Cathedral High School junior Jacqueline Steinbock.
Jacqueline Steinbock says she was devastated to see what her school looked like after the tornado. “It was horrible that’s where I go everyday. It’s like a second home to me, the music department, the theater, are like my life,” added Steinbock.
Four weeks later, Jacqueline along with the rest of the students at Cathedral finally had the chance to reunite with some of their belongings.
“The school’s been locked and they haven’t been able to go into their lockers because we’re still examining the school to see how safe it is for people to come and go,” said Cathedral High School Principal John Miller.
Each locker has a designated box arranged by homeroom, and the students couldn’t wait to pick them up at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center.
“It’s really nice to get my stuff back. I forgot a lot of the stuff I had in there,” said Cathedral High School senior Mara Footit.
“I left my text books that are extremely expensive. Some of the books are over a hundred dollars, and I left some of my personal belongings that I really needed back,” continued Steinbock.
For those who want to help, students are selling Cathedral tornado relief T-shirts.
“The school community has really come closer together,” added Footit.
Even in the midst of a tragedy Jacqueline and her classmates remain optimistic about the future of Cathedral.
“Cathedral knows how to get back up on their feet and I’m sure we’ll come together. I know we’re going to build right back up and be as strong as ever,” continued Steinbock.