Student messages written on floors of new Joplin High School - KOAM TV 7

Student messages written on floors of new Joplin High School

Joplin High School seniors get a chance to leave messages for future students in a new school building.  Seniors visited Joplin's new high school to write messages that will stay there for many years to come.

Some of these messages were of hope, others were only a time stamp of today's visit.  Some messages were thought of quickly, but students say the messages were still meaningful.

The new high school is still being worked on, but officials say it'll be ready for the Fall semester.  Students say many of their messages centered around the particular strength and togetherness that's been around ever since the Joplin tornado.

These messages will eventually be covered by carpet.  But years from now, there could be a special uncovering.

Dale Peterson with the Joplin School District says, "They did that at my church and 12 years later, when they were replacing that covering and then saw all those well wishes and all the dedications and those times when those kids made those comments...they took pictures of it and e-mailed, and called, and said remember this?  You remember what happened?"

"It's just a great opportunity for us that even though we didn't get to go (as students at the high school), we still get to be here, see what's going on.  Just kind of behind the scenes," says senior student Abby Dial.

After the special time to sign the walls, the seniors then posed for a group picture on some stairs.  The senior students say these are all great memories they will be able to tell their kids one day when they, too, are students.

"This is a time when we're seeing the task finish.  We're seeing a complete circle," says Peterson.

When Dial was asked what she thought of the new high school, she said, "It's huge.  It's very big.  Very modern.  Nothing like we're used to."

Students say it's the new high school's size that surprises them and it's not what they're used to.

"They are going to remember this day as a day they were able to finish the task, to be able to complete what was started in 2011," says Peterson.

When asked what advice she wants to give to future students, Dial said, "We'll always remember what happened (the Joplin tornado), and it can get overwhelming, but this is all so big and great and just take it one day at a time."

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