The city of Joplin Missouri was put on the map just over 3 months ago when a massive tornado leveled a large majority of the city. Thousands of people lost their homes and livelihoods in the tornado and despite the help of volunteers and government agencies much of the city still has not been rebuilt. Despite all of this the town’s residents are seeing yet another sign of hope today as the children of Joplin return to school for the new school year.
When the tornado first hit the town of Joplin the mayor made it clear that rebuilding schools would be a priority because the children are the most important. Many believed there was no way that schools would be able to reopen by the start of the new school year but just as the mayor promised schools did in fact open up today on the scheduled first day of class.
Residents of Joplin say that the fact that students are going back to school gives them hope that the rest of the town will eventually be rebuilt in its entirety. It may still take quite a while for the town to rebuild but for now residents are happy just to know that at least one big part of the city is functioning almost as if nothing had happened. The rest of the recovery effort is expected to come in the next few months as groups continue to work in the city.