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Joplin Teachers, Students Return To ‘School’

From a remarkably restrained Associated Press:

Tornado-stricken Joplin goes back to school

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press
August 17, 2011

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin students and teachers are back in class less than three months after the country’s single deadliest tornado in six decades cut their school year short.

A buzz of anticipation filled the halls Wednesday morning at Joplin High’s upper school, a converted big-box retail store at the city’s mall. Freshmen and sophomores met across town in another building after the city’s only public high school was destroyed.

Other makeshift locations include a middle school in an industrial park and the district offices in a former state transportation department office.

The tornado’s 160 victims included seven students and one school district worker. Six school buildings including Joplin High were destroyed, and four more were damaged.

To our mind this article, which we have posted in toto, seems somewhat lacking in any acknowledgment of the indomitable human spirit. Do you remember whether the AP was this restrained in their reports about the schools in New Orleans re-opening after Katrina?

Perhaps the people in Joplin are going about things all wrong, at least according to the AP’s lights.

After all, it doesn’t appear that Joplin is going to give their students ‘free’ breakfast, lunch and snacks, like some school districts are doing in other areas of the country.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Joplin Teachers, Students Return To ‘School’”

  1. proreason says:

    flyover country

    old-style americans

  2. GetBackJack says:

    God Bless everyone in that area. One cannot imagine ….

  3. JohnMG says:

    Check this out. A tribute to my fellow Show-Me Staters shortly after the disaster.

    ‘Show Me State’ senior class looking out for Joplin
    Russ Jones – OneNewsNow – 5/27/2011 4:05:00 AM

    As residents of Joplin continue to reel from the destructive EF-5 tornado that ripped through their southwestern Missouri town Sunday night, students from one nearby high school have opted to donate the funds set aside for their graduation celebration.

    The Carthage High School 2011 graduating class is donating its entire “Project Graduation” fund to the victims of the recent storms. The group originally planned to hold its big bash at “The Bridge” in Joplin, but that facility is now being used as a makeshift shelter for displaced tornado victims. (Another story from Joplin: The Missouri chainsaw miracles)

    Shelly Wilson is a counselor at the school, which is located only a few miles north of Joplin. She says the pupils knew what they wanted to do, even before the principal presented them their options.

    “They presented with the kids a couple of options of where they could have [the party] in town here, and before she could even really get out the donation part of it, the students started to yell, ‘Donate it! Donate the money,'” she accounts.

    To make the decision final, she continues, the students had to vote. “It was unanimous,” Wilson reports. “Hands shot up…they started clapping, and they wanted to donate their money to the tornado relief in Joplin.”

    The counselor explains that Christian service is an integral part of the culture in the Bible Belt community, so outreach comes naturally.

    “I don’t even think there was a moment’s hesitation. Monday morning, when we walked into school, there was a group of kids at the front desk [saying], ‘What do we do? Let’s go; let’s go,’ and they have just been begging to do things,” Wilson shares. “Before we knew it, our kids were up in a classroom making 500 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches to send over to the volunteer workers.”

    She concludes that the senior class is living up to The Show Me State’s motto — “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law” — in donating roughly $14,000. In response to their giving, the graduates’ commencement ceremonies will be followed by a pizza party sponsored by parents and area businesses.

  4. JohnMG says:

    As an added thought. Missouri teachers cannot unionize. The State’s teachers can voluntarily belong to two teacher groups (MSTA and MNEA) but are forbidden to strike or stage ‘blue flu’ events. Public school teachers are charged with a public trust, which the population demands of them, unlike those of neighboring states.

    That’s not to say there arent radicals within the groups, it’s just that they can’t hold the taxpayers hostage to their demands. Not a perfect system, but it works. And so do the teachers..

  5. captstubby says:

    it’s a flyover state.nothing to see here.
    just a bunch of hicks.
    wonder how long before we see a some sort of “o my goodness, they are saying a prayer in there!” lawsuit.
    we can,t have anything overshadowing Katrina every time it’s shoved in our face.
    God Bless them.
    would have been a good campain item if the Rolling Thunder bus would have been there.

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