JOPLIN — It's not often that students and teachers are happy that summer school has started.
But those in the Joplin school district say Monday's start of summer school provided some relief and hope for the city and district recovering from the May 22 tornado.
The district is offering an extended summer school through July 29, including transportation, breakfast and lunch.
Superintendent C.J. Huff said a record 1,228 elementary students enrolled in summer school — nearly a 24 percent increase from last year's total of 993. Enrollments are still being accepted.
Teacher Adrianne Headley told The Joplin Globe that summer school gives children and their parents a sense of routine, comfort and safety. She said it gives everyone hope and faith that the city and district will be OK.