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After choosing to help others first, preschool directors finally begin their own clean up

HONOLULU (KHON2) - The lesson plan Monday at the Aloha School in Hanalei was unexpected. 

Instead of working on the ABCs, it was all about cleaning after floodwaters over ran the facility that serves 36 young students.

"Pretty much when my husband came in here on the night of Saturday, the water level was so high it was like above our tables or chairs and things were floating around," said Ashley Guerrero. 

Monday was the first time Ashley was able to return to her school. 

The swollen Hanalei River kept her out while her husband was stuck on the other side.

For the past two days, he did what he could from Hanalei while Ashley worked with Malama Kauai to serve others in need.

"Through Facebook and Instagram, honestly, I think about 120 people contacted me saying, 'I can help. I can drive,'" said Ashley. "I'd say about 35 people contacted me via Facebook to say, 'Hey, I need an evacuation.'"

Now the focus is squarely back on the tiny school that serves families, some of whom lost their own homes in the flooding.

"My first priority now is to get this school up and give our families a place that they know their kids will be safe, everything is good to go, so that they can get their life back together," said Ashley.

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