Students at Irving Elementary in Joplin held their first all-school assembly in their new building today. Principal Nila Vance tells News Talk KZRG it was an opportunity for students and school officials to celebrate the rebuilding of a school destroyed by a tornado almost three years ago.
"This year we combined two schools, Irving and Emerson Elementaries, so our staff has been working for the past year and a half on a new mission statement."
That mission statement is "Learn, Laugh, and Lead." Representatives from Southwest Missouri Bank were also on hand to give teachers special gift bags to help them celebrate.