Joplin Schools and Bright Futures Joplin announce Adopt-an-Eagle

Roughly 54 percent of Joplin Schools’ students lived in the path of the May 22 tornado.

As the people of Joplin rebuild lives that were forever changed that day, none will be more affected than the 7,700 students returning to school on Aug. 17, a news release from the district stated.

Many have lost homes and possessions. Many will be going to non-traditional or unfamiliar locations. Many will still be dealing with emotional stress or physical trauma.

Joplin Schools and Bright Futures Joplin want to alleviate as much anxiety surrounding the first day of school as possible by providing each student with a backpack or duffel bag containing all of the supplies needed to start the year.

There are two key ways the public can help, according to the release:

• Cash Donations

It will cost an average of $40 to cover the full cost to outfit each backpack with the necessary supplies. The funds needed to purchase the items can be donated through the Adopt-an-Eagle program. Cash donations will allow the program to maximize its purchasing power by obtaining the necessary items in bulk at a lower cost, the release stated.

To contribute, make checks payable to: Bright Futures Joplin, North Middle School, 102 N. Gray, Joplin, MO 64801.

Designate in the memo line that the funds are for the Adopt-an-Eagle program.

• Buy Supplies

Supporters also can buy and donate the necessary supplies to outfit a bag. Supply lists can be downloaded at

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It is important that donors purchase all of the items listed for each Joplin Eagle that they plan to adopt, the release stated. Supplies for each individual student must be packaged together in a large, white or clear trash bag that is tied at the top. Indicate on the outside of the bag the grade level and group of the adopted Eagle.

Supplies can be dropped of or mailed to Mystery Church, 514 S. Main St., and must be received no later than Aug. 1.