America Strong: A school and town rising from the ashes

Paradise, California is celebrating new beginnings and moving forward from the tragic fires that engulfed their town in 2018 as the first day of school in Paradise Ridge Elementary begins.
1:32 | 08/18/19

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The first day of school and a fresh start for a town ravaged by wildfires. America strong. Good morning. Reporter: First day of school, a yearly ritual for kids and parents with smiles, backpacks, even some anxiety. The students here looking like so many others across the country. There you go. Smile. Reporter: But at paradise ridge elementary school, its both a homecoming a new beginning. A little nervous today. Reporter: These are the kids of paradise California, the town destroyed by raging fires last year, their homes and their lives going up in flames. We grabbed our animals and some food and some clothes and we're getting the heck out of here. Reporter: Many residents of paradise still live miles away in makeshift housing. But parents like the springsteens, who lost their home, are determined to return to paradise, and that starts with bringing their three kids to school here. Because this is our town, we are planning on moving back, and we want to support it every which way we can. Reporter: By school bus and by car, more than 400 students now attending this elementary school. Paradise mom Shawnta hansborough knows this is the only place she wants her kids to be. We were born and raised here in paradise, and we are committed to building paradise back up, rebuilding our home. And this is where we want to live. Reporter: The children and parents of paradise -- back to school hand in hand, starting over together. Welcome home to all of them. Thanks for watching. I'm whit Johnson in New York. "Gma" and "This week" in morning. We'll see you back here tomorrow. "This week" in morning. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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