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Joplin Students Head to Okla. Town Hit by Tornado

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US President Barack Obama speaks following a tour of the tornado affected Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 26, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Obama is in the Oklahoma City area to survey damage from the tornado which struck a week ago and meet with victims and first responders. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks following a tour of the tornado affected Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 26, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Obama is in the Oklahoma City area to survey damage from the tornado which struck a week ago and meet with victims and first responders. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Students from the southwest Missouri district where nine schools were destroyed or damaged in a May 2011 tornado are headed to Moore, Okla., to help children who lost their school to a tornado last year.

Eleven fifth-graders from Stapleton Elementary School in Joplin will travel 225 miles by bus April 4 to the Oklahoma community. They’ll bring 300 books and $1,000 in pennies raised to help children at Plaza Towers Elementary, which was destroyed in a May 2013 tornado.

Nearly 7,000 homes were destroyed and 161 people were killed in the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. In Moore, an EF-5 tornado killed 24 people and destroyed 1,100 homes on May 20, 2013.

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