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Reopened Poway School Rejoins a Fractured Community

A Poway school reopened today, and for many people it was a chance to reconnect. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

A Poway school reopened today, and for many people it was a chance to reconnect. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Westwood Elementary in Rancho Bernardo is part of the Poway Unified School District. Close to 90 families here still don't have a home to go back to. Three school employees lost their homes. Despite that, almost everyone showed-up for school, including moms and dads. Parents spent the morning huddled in little groups, chatting in the school auditorium.

Terry Inman says she needed to be here.

Inman : You know what, my son is okay, and he's here. I think I came more for me, to see my friends and neighbors, just to see what I could do.

And what Terry and other parents did was console each other. Some helped hand out free school supplies to those who evacuated with little or nothing. A team of counselors will be here this week, helping the campus community.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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