JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Students from the southwest Missouri district where nine schools were destroyed or damaged in a May 2011 tornado are headed to Moore, Okla., to help children who lost their school to a tornado last year.
Eleven fifth-graders from Stapleton Elementary School in Joplin will travel 225 miles by bus Friday to the Oklahoma community. They'll bring 300 books and $1,000 in pennies raised to help children at Plaza Towers Elementary, which was destroyed in a May 2013 tornado.
Nearly 7,000 homes were destroyed and 161 people were killed in the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. In Moore, an EF-5 tornado killed 24 people and destroyed 1,100 homes on May 20, 2013.