Students using Spring Break to clean up after tornado

By Erica Quednau |

Published 04/16 2014 04:04PM

Updated 11/12 2014 03:40PM

GIFFORD -- It has been almost five months since a tornado devastated the town and people are still picking up the pieces. But those families hit by the storm are getting help from some of their own. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau explains. 

Diane Buenting and her husband, Earl, say a windy day still brings back a lot of memories. 

"The house creaks and you think, 'OK, maybe that next gust is going to take the roof off.' It's kind of still a scary thing for us. Yeah, it is," said Diane. 

It's because that sound reminds them of a day they lost so much. 

"To come outside and just see that a huge building is gone, it's just not there, it's gone and all of the trees. It was just a jungle, so devastating. So devastating," said Diane. 

For the past five months, Diane and Earl have spent a lot of time cleaning up their yard. It's where a lot of memories were scattered after the tornado, but it turns out, with rake in hand, they're actually creating a lot of new memories.

"To have those little hands and strong backs helping is certainly a blessing for us today," said Diane. 

"Raking the yard and picking up glass and sticks and stuff like that," said William Wake. 

He's a 7th grader at Gifford Grade School and the vice president of student council. Instead of spending his Spring Break with video games and toys, he decided to help staff from his school, like Mrs. Buenting, get back on their feet. 

"Everyone needs help and they helped us," said William. 

"I was very touched and very pleased that they thought of us," said Diane. 

More then twenty kids came to help during their break. They spread out across town to help three staff members and even pick up around the school.

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