POSTED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 8:44am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 8:45am
McAllen ISD teachers travel to Joplin to help teachers rebuild their classrooms.
MCALLEN - A group of McAllen ISD teachers are preparing to fly to Missouri to help Joplin teachers prepare for the new school year.
The devastation from the tornado that ripped through Joplin in May, still remains. And while some places won't be replaced, several school don't have a choice, and are doing whatever they can to create a safe, learning environment for their students.
Seven McAllen ISD teachers are flying there to help their fellow educators rebuild their classrooms over the weekend.
"So what we understand is that some of these teachers are being set up like in strip malls or wherever they can find a space to hold a classroom so we are not exactly sure what our function will be there," said Rolando Garza, McAllen High School Teacher.
These teachers said they're ready to do whatever it takes to help. Their first act of help is to bring books to help rebuild these school's libraries.
FedEx McAllen has graciously offered to deliver all Children's and Young Adult (Fiction and Non-fiction) donated books (new or in very good condition) to Joplin to help re-build the libraries of the FOUR schools that were completely destroyed in the tornado, two elementaries, Joplin High School and a technical center. The books can be dropped off at the Valley Town Crier on North 23rd in McAllen. All books delivered before 5:00 this Friday will be shipped out Friday and will arrive in Joplin Saturday. People can continue to drop off books at these two sites for the next week. FedEx will pick up this group Friday, August 19 at 5:00 and will take them to Joplin.
Local sponsors that are helping send these teachers include: Lone Star National Bank, Sylvan Learning Rio Grande Valley and the Valley Town Crier.