Illinois Boy Buried in Sand Dune Starts 1st Grade

Nathan Woessner started first grade on Monday

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    Nathan Woessner, fully recovered, plays basketball and works puzzles from his Indiana home and also is interviewed on NBC's Today Show. (Published Monday, July 29, 2013)

    An Illinois boy who spent hours buried underneath an Indiana sand dune is back in school.

    Nathan Woessner started first grade on Monday.

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    Another sinkhole is discovered during testing one month after a boy was buried alive at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Anthony Ponce reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013)

    The 6-year-old from Sterling spent weeks undergoing rehabilitation after the July 12 accident. He was playing on the dune when he was swallowed by a hole in the sand. Woessner was buried beneath about 11 feet of sand and spent two weeks in the hospital.

    Faith Woessner is Nathan's mom. She says he's back to his "normal, go-lucky" self and "running and playing and doing all the stuff he does."

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    Nathan Woessner's mom and dad shared their son's miraculous survival story after he was buried in the sand for hours. Nesita Kwan reports. (Published Monday, July 22, 2013)

    His father, Greg Woessner, says the family is also sharing more details about what happened with Nathan.

    As for school, the boy says his favorite part of the first day was playing outside.