It is estimated that 30% of Joplin was damaged or destroyed by the tornado that struck the community of 50,000 residents on Sunday, May 22. The Joplin School District sustained catastrophic damage to at least six of the district’s buildings, including destruction of the district’s only high school and central office building. Approximately 60% of the district’s 7,747 students have been displaced by the storm.
In order to assist our friends in the Joplin School District in their recovery efforts, MSBA’s 501(c)(3) foundation, FutureBuilders, is receiving monetary donations for the district. MSBA is encouraging donations from individual board members, school employees and friends of education who desire to assist the Joplin School District. Monetary contributions can be sent to MSBA FutureBuilders, Joplin Assistance Challenge Fund at 2100 I-70 Drive S.W., Columbia, MO 65203. Contributions are tax deductible. 100% of the donations will be sent to the Joplin School District.