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Students engaged in friendly contest to help Joplin victims

Students engaged in friendly contest to help Joplin victims

May 26th, 2011 in News

They may be some 200 miles away, but the students of Maries County R-2 Schools have come together to help the residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin.

Elaine McConell, athletic activities director for the high school, said the collection began after Rolla Public Schools and St. James R-1 School District challenged the students and community members in Belle to see who could collect the most items.

Soon after a high school assembly, students Kurtis Butler, Wade Guffey and Jacob Kottwitz took the large task on basically by themselves, McConell said.

McConnell said by 1 p.m. Wednesday the school had collected more than $5,200 from students and community members.

All three Maries County schools were involved in the collection efforts. Donations can still be dropped off through Friday morning.