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Independence Students Send Supplies to Joplin
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Aid from the metro area continues heading south to Joplin. That assistance includes supplies from the Independence School District. Students at William Chrisman collected clothing, hygiene products and more that were sent to the tornado devastated area on Wednesday.

The idea to send supplies to Joplin was cooked up in the culinary class at the high school. It soon boiled over and involved the entire school district. Students and faculty were both inspired by helping others.

"It's really exciting for us," said Nancy Lewis with the Independence School District.

One student said it's good to know they can come together to help others.
      
"We were watching footage of the Joplin tornado and at the same time my teacher got an email from a teacher down there asking for supplies and help," said student Jordan Groper. "We jumped on the chance to start a fundraiser and help people down there."
         
The students thought they could fill up one school bus with toilet paper and tissues, but they had no idea they would raise nearly $80,000 for the tornado victims in Joplin.

Groper is one of four students who boarded the busses to Joplin. Students who were unable to make the trip showed a lot of emotion.

"Because as a district we talk about compassion, we talk about respect," Lewis said.  "The fact it started from within from these kids means that it's working."

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