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A-P students to lend helping hand in Mapleton

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -

On Wednesday more than 100 students from Aplington-Parkersburg will get on busses and make the more than three hour trip to Mapleton. It's a chance for that community pay it forward.

It's been almost three years since an EF5 tornado ripped through the southern part of Butler County, devastating Parkersburg and several others in its path. People from all over the state and even the country came here to volunteer to help clean-up.

When the pictures started coming out of Mapleton, it didn't take long before administrators and teachers at A-P to get the urge to help out.

"It's all about Mapleton in our eyes and we know from first hand experience that rebuilding and strengthening your community and coming together in a manner that's much closer with much more pride then you had before is very possible," said Superintendent Jon Thompson.

Around 120 seniors, juniors, and sophomores will be making the trip. Each one was impacted by the EF5 tornado in some way and this is their chance not only to help, but also heal.

"You can't really have something like this happen to your own community and have the support that we got from other towns and other people without going out to other people who are in need," said senior, Colton Brouwer.

"I think we all felt like we owe a duty to pay back. I'm really excited to help out and feel that way again, almost a sense of relief that you're doing something good for them," said junior, Elizabeth Petersen.

"We stand almost three years removed from our tornado and we're quite proud of our community and what we've done. Mapleton will do the same thing," said Thompson.

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