S: Emporia State University
BC: Created by: Community Hornets
FC: Big Event 2011
1: September 24th 2011
2: On Saturday, May 21st 2011 just after 9:00 pm an F3 tornado ravaged the town of Reading. It was 3 miles wide and stayed on the ground for 4 miles.
3: Population: 231 Total Area of Town: 0.2 sq. miles | The tornado destroyed 56 of the 110 homes in Reading and 14 of 21 businesses. 1 resident was killed and several were hospitalized.
4: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but I know one thing: the ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and learned how to serve." -Albert Schweitzer
6: "May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God rather than the perils of life."
8: "It's neat to see a new part of Kansas and this definitely applies to the helping profession." | Using magnetic sweepers to pick up metal debris like nails.
9: "It's really great when you can help someone out who is not as well off as you are."
10: "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can try to sincerely help another without helping himself." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
11: Picking up debris | "I know that if I was in this situation I would need the help, too."
12: "I really wanted to help, and to make a difference."
13: "How can I feel self fulfilled on a Saturday morning? By going to serve."
14: Bell and flag outside of Reading elementary school | Reading Bank
15: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop
18: "We wanted to do something meaningful and help out on a weekend that we don't have plans"
19: "We love to be volunteers."
20: "When I heard about the tornado I was really affected so as soon as I learned about this opportunity to help out I signed up."
21: "I'm always game for a little community service."
22: "The miracle is this - the more we share the more we have." - Leonard Nimoy | "I heard so much about the Reading tornado so I wanted to see how it affected the community and how I could help."
23: "I wanted to see what really happened and see what people were experiencing and how they feel when people come and help them- everyone is going to feel good when they have support from others"
24: "I've always wanted to do something like this and this was a great opportunity because it's a small amount of time but you still feel like you've put some effort in and helped a community."
27: "I really wanted to help someone other than myself, and this was a really great way to do that." | "I wanted to help out immediately after the tornado and I wasn't able to so this was my next opportunity."
28: "My family lives out here so I try to come out and help whenever I can." | "The people of Reading have put their hard work into rebuilding so we should, too."
29: "This is a fun way to give back and volunteer."
30: 38 people rode out the storm in this church basement.
32: "Volunteering is a way of giving back to your community." | "It always feels good to help people and this is the time to give back to Emporia State what it has given me for last few years."