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Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Wadena-Deer Creek High School seniors Rachael Carlisle, left, and Molly Barrett served root beer floats during two high school lunch hours as a fundraiser for Hackleburg, Ala., schools destroyed by an EF4 tornado on April 27.

WDC students 'pay it forward' for schools in Hackleburg, Ala., destroyed by tornado

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Hackleburg, Alabama may be 1,114 miles from Wadena, but the two small communities share something in common: an EF4 tornado ripped through each community and destroyed their schools.

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Hackleburg, population 1,500, lost their elementary, middle and high school on April 27, 2011, when a tornado ripped through their town. Unfortunately, 29 people were killed and close to 90 percent of the town was destroyed by the twister.

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