Harrisonville students, staff, parents and community members filled three buses full of donations for the victims of the Joplin tornado. The buses traveled to Joplin on May 27 to deliver the items. Durham School Services donated the buses and drivers for the trip and the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce assisted in the donation drive. During the final week of classes, students in the district participated in the statewide Kids4Kids campaign to raise money for Joplin Schools. The students raised more than $2,000 which will be given to the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Those still interested in assisting Joplin Schools can mail donations to Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund, Attn: Kim Vann, 102 N. Gray Avenue, Joplin, MO 64801. The Joplin School District has also started an Adopt-A-Classroom program through which individuals, groups and organizations can be paired with one of the 260 teachers who lost their classrooms to provide classroom materials and supplies to ensure students have a warm and inviting classroom when they return to school on Aug. 17.
Additional pictures from the Harrisonville Schools donation drive are available on the district Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools. Pictured: Harrisonville schools staff members and Durham School Services bus drivers work to load a bus with items donated by students, parents and community members. The donation drive was held the May 24-26; buses were loaded on May 26; and the donations were delivered to Joplin on May 27.