TULSA - School will go on for Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences students Thursday, even after the fire destroyed the school's building.
In the last few hours, teachers have been scrambling to get the old Sequoyah Elementary ready for classes Thursday.
Teachers can't prepare with a lesson plan-- but they say they've learned from the fire that their school is more than just a building.
Wednesday morning, word of the fire spread nearly as fast as the flames.
"I woke up, threw some clothes on and went right up to the school," said teacher Zachary Roddy.
Roddy, the school's director of jazz and music, couldn't believe his eyes.
"Just sitting their watching all of this stuff, a collection of TSAS, just burn. And it was heartbreaking," he said.
Roddy and his students lost dozens of musical instruments in the fire. But then, he found a glimmer of hope -- when officials announced they had a temporary building to continue school in.
In just one day, TPS crews shined floors and moved in desks to Sequoyah Elementary. And teachers tried to get memories of this morning's fire off their minds.
"When I pulled up it looked like someone had dropped a bomb on top of it, and there were just flames pouring out of the windows," said English teacher Daniel Hahn.
They say they're taking it one day at a time.
"It will be emotional, but I picture us being back on track by Monday," Hahn said.
English teacher Ellen Stackable has been with TSAS since it opened.
"You know it's hard. As much as you try to prepare yourself -- It was really hard," Stackable said. "It's hard to see a place that's so much a part of who you are gone."
It may take days, even weeks to replace books and supplies.
"Yeah, it will be tough. I don't know, I don't know," Stackable said. "No one ever really looks for change like this or wants it to happen. But I think we really rise up when we have to."
Stackable says teachers and students will do the best they can to get back to normal.
"We've always told them, and this is our chance to prove it. That TSAS is more than a building," she said.
Right now the music program is asking for donations, especially for trumpets, trombones and saxophones. You can donate new or used instruments for the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences.
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