Mary Young and her mother, Wauneen Young, stood in front of the crumbled building alongside Mary's three children, each of whom attended Briarwood.
Mary credits teachers and administrators for saving her children's lives.
"The administrators, staff. I'm telling you, it's wonderful. They did a very wonderful job," said Mary Young.
Wauneen Young visited Briarwood on Monday to pickup her grandkids as school was about to end for the day.
That's when she says school officials told her about the approaching storm.
"They said you better get in because it's near us," she recalled.
Even though parents and others have praised teachers for their actions this week, teachers like Dziedric remain humble.
"We did not do anything extraordinary," said Dzeidric. "We were just trying to take care of the kids we're in charge of and trying to hang on for dear life. I don't think anyone thought it would turn out the way it did. We're just so lucky to be alive."
Dzeidric says teachers from Briarwood plan to reunite with their students Thursday morning to mark the end of the school year.