Mehlville schools commit to helping Joplin

As the students, parents and staff within the Mehlville School District are preparing for the final days of the 2010-2011 school year, they remain committed to helping their neighbors in need.

Schools and departments across the district have taken up collections for the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund, which will facilitate the distribution of supplies to students and their families living in Joplin, which was damaged by a tornado on May 22.

“Our students and staff are committed to helping people from countries around the world who are in need, so their enthusiasm to help their fellow Missourians came as no surprise to me. The tornado victims in Joplin are in great need right now, and our District is doing what we can to help them cope during this difficult time,” Superintendent Terry Noble stated in a news release.

District schools have created a variety of ways to involve their students and staff members in collections of money and supplies for the tornado victims, from hat days for students and jeans days for staff to a talent show benefit and an ice cream party collection event. District students and staff are fully aware that every dollar and donated item will make a difference in the lives of the tornado victims in Joplin, the release stated.

Individuals interested in helping with the tornado relief efforts in Joplin can send a check payable to the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund to North Middle School, Joplin Public Schools, Attn: Kim Vann, 102 Gray, Joplin, MO 64801.