Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was on hand Wednesday to help officially open Soaring Heights Elementary School.
The National Disaster Photo Rescue collected more than 35,000 photos after the deadly May 2011 twister.
The city's building permit statistics also show 1,100 new homes have been built since the tornado, which killed 161 people.
The Joplin City Council decided this week to use half of the shelters on public property and approved a process for organizations to apply for the remaining shelters.
More than 4,000 damaged homes have been repaired. Nearly 1,100 are completely rebuilt. City officials estimate population losses at just 5 percent from the 2010 Census.
Joplin officials said tents will be set up throughout the city's Cunningham Park. The tents will highlight efforts to restore various elements of the community, including its housing, schools, trees and businesses.
With fewer than 35 people still living in the Federal Emergency Management mobile homes, officials will move the center's services to a downtown Joplin YMCA.
The storm twisted the elm almost 180 degrees, and a 6-foot pole went through the center.
Thirteen Joplin tornado victims contracted an aerosolized fungus called apophysomyces trapeziformis.
At one point after the May 2011 tornado, the guard had 377 personnel in Joplin providing security, working traffic checkpoints and helping establish a mobile medical unit.
Those who remain in the trailers will have to start paying rent in January.
Simba wandered away before the tornado hit the Kent family's home on May 22, 2011.
The plans for the grant include $12.75 million to build single-family homes; $9 million for mixed-income multifamily housing; and $5.4 million to restore the city's Union Depot.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted a state request to keep its temporary housing units in Joplin until June 9, 2013.
The grant will be used to build a new Irving Elementary School and an East Middle School and elementary school in Duquesne.
The Joplin school district is seeing higher student enrollment numbers more than a year after a tornado damaged or destroyed school buildings.
More than 100 members of Blendville Christian Church attended the first service in the church's new worship center on Sunday.
AmeriCorps will be adding 150 corps members in Joplin over the next three years. Rebuild Joplin will recruit local residents for the new positions.
The national service group AmeriCorps plans to boost its volunteer force helping Joplin rebuild from the deadly May 2011 tornado.
Each of the defendants, indicted separately by a grand jury, is accused of falsely claiming damage to their homes or property in Federal Emergency Management Agency applications for disaster benefits.