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Nearly $26,000 donated to help fund a safe room at Joplin's new Irving Elementary School

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Representatives with the Missouri Auto Dealers Association (MADA) are working to make sure students in Joplin Schools are safe.

The group presented a check on Friday worth more than $26,876.  The funds will be used for safe rooms at the new Irving Elementary.

Officials with the MADA say the money was raised in 2011 for Joplin tornado relief, but never distributed.

Irving Elementary will officially open for students on January 6.

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