|New High School Center Inside Joplin Mall|
“We’re trying to take that off the parents’ list, and we have done it,” explains school spokesperson Jim Dunn. Each student returning to Joplin Public Schools this fall will receive a free backpack filled with grade-appropriate supplies. High school students will receive their own new laptop computer. And 11th and 12th graders will attend a newly constructed learning center inside the local mall that contains state-of-the-art design. “We’re hoping to take a step into the future with this,” says Dunn. The organization called Bright Futures and countless other local and national sources of help have come together to get students refocused on learning.
|Devastated Joplin Neighborhood in August 2011|
|Residential Downtown Joplin in August 2011|