JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin school organization prepares for its next phase as the district continues to recover from the May 2011 tornado. Administrators created "Project Hope" in August 2012 to help students and faculty affected by the storm. In its first year, counselors were able to reach more than 1,300 students and 50 faculty members. Now, group representatives are taking on new goals which include keeping students from dropping out of class and helping the district transition into new buildings. Counselors say with the storm being more than 2 years ago, they want to be able to reach others in need and still help those impacted by the storm.
"It's important to understand that trauma such as that is very impactful for people. We'll have three to five years of experience of traumatic experiences reactions, so it's important Project Hope remains," said Dr. Renee White, Project Hope.
White says her future goal is to be able to help all students, regardless of their needs or wants.
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