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New Joplin, Mo., schools open three years after tornado

Three new schools are equipped with modern spaces for 21st-century learning
Cafeteria commons: Students at East Middle School will enjoy breakfast and lunch in their new commons area. The space is flooded with natural light and designed with special touches including booths, high-top tables and outdoor seating.
Cafeteria commons: Students at East Middle School will enjoy breakfast and lunch in their new commons area. The space is flooded with natural light and designed with special touches including booths, high-top tables and outdoor seating.

Joplin, Mo., lost three schools to one of the deadliest tornadoes to strike the nation in May 2011. And nearly three years later, in January, three new schools opened their doors for 1,300 students who had been attending classes at temporary facilities since the disaster.

The new Irving Elementary, Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School are equipped with modern spaces for 21st-century learning, including open areas for socializing and group work, iPad and laptop carts and Apple TVs in every classroom.

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