JHS Prepares for Dedication and World Record Ribbon Cutting - KOAM TV 7

JHS Prepares for Dedication and World Record Ribbon Cutting

The Joplin School District prepares for guests from Washington D.C. and a world record ribbon-cutting ceremony.

On Friday,  the district  dedicates its newly built high school and technical center .

  Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan are scheduled to speak.

The big event will  include a six and half mile long ribbon.

Students at Joplin high school  are decorating doors for  a homecoming competition. But  outside crews string a special ribbon through cones atop the roof for what will become a world record  event to honor the students coming home to their permanent high school .

Superintendent C.J.Huff says, " It's gonna zig zag,  wrap around the building, probably go over the top of the building  at one point and  come across the stage  at some point."

The superintendent says sponsors donated funds to cover the fifteen thousand dollar cost of the ribbon and dedication.

Chairs, tables and draperies have been donated by local churches. And to those who might criticize the cost, school officials says it's worth it.

Huff says," It's a once in my lifetime opportunity for everything that we've been through and this new high school,  this school  symbolizes a lot of hard work on behalf of a lot of people.  Giving everybody  an opportunity to participate in an event like that is really what drove the idea."

Public information officer Kelli Price says of the ribbon, "It represents the path of the storm and our long united journey together.  And part of the reason it's so long is  we want  all of our community and the students to put their hands on the actual ribbon."

The ribbon is now in four boxes.  Each spool  contains  200 yards  and will all have to be sewn together to become the world's longest ribbon. And then participants will get to take home a piece of it.

Price says, "We will have stations set up that will be there with volunteers  cutting the ribbon for them as a special memento of the day."

A bus load of students from each elementary and middle school will attend along with all the high school students.

Carvings are being moved here after  three  years at Memorial High School, so that now all eagles are truly back home.

     Parents of elementary  and middle school students who weren't part of the random drawing to go but  want to attend the ribbon cutting can withdraw them from school without affecting attendance.

      The event is considered a school activity.

     Other  students  will see the event streamed live on JET 14 TV.
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