Schools Open in Tornado-Stricken Joplin, Missouri

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Melinda Clark from the Illinois/Wisconsin search and rescue team uses her dog to search for possible victims of the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. (Joe Readle//Getty)

It hasn’t even been three full months since the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. The tornado ravaged the city, leaving more than 150 people dead and causing billions of dollars worth of damage. Joplin’s school system was hit especially hard. Six buildings were destroyed and another seven suffered significant damage. But unbelievably enough, the district is meeting its goal of starting school on time as classes start today in Joplin.

Joining us is Randy Turner, an 8th-grade English teacher at Joplin East Middle School, Missouri. He has been blogging about the recovery effort and is overwhelmed by the support that helped the community get back to school on time.


Randy Turner

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