After Tornado, Joplin Creates Makeshift Schools

I am glad that the people of Joplin are trying to return to some form of normalcy. What a blessing that they were able to salvage a building. To be able to use that building so that school will start on time. Truly and amazing story.

Gearing up for the fall is a big job for most school districts. But in Joplin, Mo., where a monstrous tornado killed 160 people and destroyed more than half of the district's classroom space in May, the task is massive.

Thanks to a very resourceful approach, plenty of help and hard work, though, school will start as scheduled — and that means a lot to the community.

The tornado ripped across Joplin on Sunday, May 22, graduation day. The devastation was vast and surreal: phones and power lines in tatters, desperate triage at swamped medical centers, scores missing.

More than 3,000 students were suddenly homeless. The school district mobilized to account for every one of them.

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