Joplin tornado death toll hits 153

The death toll in Joplin has increased again. Since Friday, city officials say two more people died of injuries from last month's EF-5 tornado. The total now stands at 153 killed. It TMs the nation's deadliest tornado in more than six decades.

The same day the new number was announced, the Joplin school district started thier summer school. School officials told The Joplin Globe Monday's start of summer school provided some relief and hope for the city and district recovering from the May 22 tornado.

The district is offering an extended summer school through July 29, including transportation, breakfast and lunch.

Superintendent C. J. Huff said a record 1,228 elementary pupils enrolled in summer school, a nearly 24 percent increase over last year's total of 993. Enrollments are still being accepted.

A teacher told The Joplin Globe that summer school gives children and their parents a sense of routine, comfort and safety. She also said it gives everyone hope and faith that the city and district will be okay.(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)