- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Jewish and Muslim students are partnering to help rebuild two Arkansas towns that were ravaged by a tornado last year.

The Jewish Disaster Response Corps announced the initiative Tuesday to help recovery efforts in Mayflower and Vilonia. The JDRC is a New York-based nonprofit that helps communities across the country recover from natural disasters.

Under the partnership, Muslim and Jewish students will work together to rebuild homes and share traditions, culture and attend services at a mosque and synagogue.

Sixteen people died after the twister formed in western Pulaski County last April, crossed the Arkansas River at Mayflower and rolled into Vilonia. Mayflower was still recovering from a 2013 oil spill when the tornado hit, and Vilonia had been hit by a killer storm in 2011.

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