Rita Green carried a plastic bin of items as she helped a family friend salvage things from a home Thursday in Moore, Okla. Lucas Jackson /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Students and teachers from Eastlake Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary schools gathered Thursday to say goodbye for the summer. This was a chance to reconnect after the devastating tornado brought an abrupt end to the school year at Plaza Towers in Moore, Okla. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Kathy Hughes sits with her dog Gracie at the La Quinta in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday. This is their third night at the La Quinta, which is one of the few area hotels accepting people and their pets. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Homes in the Heatherwood subdivision of Moore, Okla., were splintered by the tornado that swept through the area Monday. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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