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On May 22, a three-quarter-mile-wide tornado,
among the deadliest in the nation’s history, struck
Joplin, Mo. It crushed nearly a third of the city
and left 161 people dead and 7,000 homes
destroyed. Labeled as the deadliest single
tornado in more than half a century, the Joplin
tornado caused the highest death toll from a
single tornado in more than 50 years.
In August, ABC’s Emmy Award-winning reality
TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,
announced the show’s plan to build “seven
homes in seven days” in Joplin. It is one of the
largest in the history of the television program
that is now entering its ninth season. The episode
featuring the Joplin rebuild will mark the show’s
historic 200th episode.
An estimated 14,000 volunteers helped the
Extreme Makeover crew reconstruct homes
for citizens in the Joplin community, including
members of Alpha Phi sorority and Pi Kappa
Alpha fraternity.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of William Woods University joined Extreme
Makeover: Home Addition in Joplin during October to help rebuild the town that
suffered from a devastating, horrific tornado last spring.
By Leigh Rice ’14
WWU helps Extreme Makeover in Joplin
Alpha Phis and Pi Kappa Alphas at work in Joplin.