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Marrero gently reminds them that they are resilient and safe.

I say No, youre not made out of paper,? Marrero said, smiling.

But she and other teachers understand the reactions.

In the early days and weeks after the storm, Marrero recalled, teachers spread out to visit the families of the schools 700 students. Some images will stick with her forever: Entire houses leveled, tree branches blocking roads and doorways, a 10-year-old girl searching storm debris for her shoes.

Even those who didnt lose their houses lived without electricity for a while, Marrero said. Many had to resort to washing their clothes and themselves in river water.

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