Joplin seeks volunteers to help move three schools - KOAM TV 7

Joplin seeks volunteers to help move three schools during holiday break


If you've ever moved you know it's a big job -- now just imagine packing up an entire school. 
     That's happening at three schools in the Joplin district and the big move will happen over the holiday break.      
   The district is hoping volunteers make a difference on moving days. 

Mrs. Jones class room still has plenty on the shelves even though 38 boxes in the hall are hers and ready to move.
Teachers are getting their own special labels and duck tape to ensure items go to the right place.
Soaring heights held a packing party to make getting packing done, fun but  more volunteers are needed.

Principal Teresa Adams says "It's overwhelming.  If anybody's ever moved there's lots to do and moving a school, is  even  crazy to think about cause we're still in school, so we need all of our things."  Adams says teachers are pack rats and some have been at her school more than twenty years so they have much to move. 

After students dismiss for the holiday Friday, boxing continues. Then crews will be needed for the big move December 23rd, 26th and 27th. 

Volunteer Coordinator Dale Peterson says, "There's lots of opportunities, lots of need  for folks to volunteer and those who  want to volunteer  can sign up tonight be ready to go tomorrow." 

At East middle school sixteen  thousand library books are being boxed and put on palettes for moving. But most classrooms are going in small boxes for carrying.  But not everything fits in a box.

East Middle school principal Bud Sexson says, "You don't jut pick up a forty-five  thousand dollar piano and move it so that's one of our concerns."

Art teacher RAchel Hardee says, "My slab roller, my kiln I even have a printing press in a back room so its gonna be quite an ordeal to move those things."  Hardee says she'll be involved in the move because she's like a mother hen watching over her things. 

She says the biggest challenge of  the move is time. 

Hardee says, "We're still teaching, also packing, getting ready for the end of semester, normal end of semester like grading, turning in final projects,  everything compounds on itself."

Principal Adams says boxing up items is the easy part but they'll need help setting up classrooms. 
"We  know thats gonna take an even more time than packing them did because now we have  to find new places for everything so having those volunteers is going to help us out. Its going to help it go by so much faster. 

  The district says volunteers  can sign up for specific moving dates and times by registering as a volunteer on the district web site.
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