It was just a building that was destroyed, one that had packed many memories into its two years, but just a building. The circumstances that brought us together were horrific, but what a wonderful school year.
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During the four hours we were at Hastings Books in Joplin Saturday, we heard terrifying stories, some sad, some uplifting of the May 22 event that forever reshaped the lives of Joplin residents.
For the seventh and eighth graders, the final gathering of this school year at Joplin East Middle School was the first opportunity they had to see their friends since the tornado.
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