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Patrick To Speak At Monson High School Graduation

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The clock from the steeple of The First Church of Monson lay in rubble Thursday, June 2, 2011 one day after a tornado swept through Monson. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The clock from the steeple of The First Church of Monson lay in rubble Thursday, June 2, 2011 one day after a tornado swept through Monson. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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BOSTON (AP) – A week after deadly tornadoes ripped through their town, seniors at Monson High School are preparing for their graduation.

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to offer remarks at the Wednesday evening ceremony. The graduation comes exactly a week after tornadoes ravaged communities in the western part of the state.

Monson was one of the hardest hit towns.

Mass.Gov: Tornado Recovery

Earlier in the evening, Patrick is planning to attend an interfaith prayer service at the Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield.

Three tornadoes struck the area June 1, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

Photos: Tornadoes Tear Through Massachusetts

On Tuesday, state officials said homeowners have filed $90 million in insurance claims for damage caused by the tornadoes.

Officials said more than 200 homes were destroyed.

Donate: The CBS Boston Cares Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund

Two public schools in Springfield and one in Westfield were also severely damaged.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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