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Joplin Students Pay It Forward To Moore

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Joplin students prepare to "pay it forward" in Moore, Oklahoma. The students from Stapleton Elementary will visit an elementary school in Moore this Friday to give books and donations.

"They went through the same tornado as we did, so it's kind of like they went through what we did," said Stapleton 5th grader Lindsey Marley.
 
Lindsey and classmate Mykela Nunnelly are two of 11 5th graders from Stapleton preparing to visit Moore this week. The girls are a part of the school's new leadership team and say this trip is all about paying it forward.
 
"We went through the same thing, so it was really hard. But I was really excited that we got an opportunity to help them," Mykela said.

The group called Serving Others as Role Models-or  SOAR -has spent the year collecting books and holding a change drive to raise money for Plaza Towers Elementary. Towers was completely devastated by the Moore tornado. And Lindsey says it isn't just her class mates who helped with donations, but her community and church as well.
 
"It was really fun how everybody kind of just came and stepped in," Lindsey said.
  
And their SOAR Supervisor, Wes Brownfield, says his students have raised over $2,600 dollars and collected more than 300 books.  

"It's been a community effort, when we go down there to present, it'll be from the Joplin community, not just the kids at Stapleton," Brownfield said.
 
And not only are these students delivering donations and books, but every students here wrote the kids in Moore a letter, in hopes of makes some long lasting friendships.

"I'm very excited about going down there and interacting with the kids," Mykela said.
 
And if the books, letters and donations weren't enough--the students also made an art piece to present to the school. Something Brownsfield says makes him very proud.

"They have really good hearts, that they really care and want to make a difference in their community," he said.

The students will drive to Moore on Friday morning and have lunch with the kids at Plaza Towers. They'll also receive a tour of the new school that's now under construction.

Anyone who would like to drop off a donation to take to Moore, can do so at the Stapleton Elementary front office.  
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