Moore Public Schools is the third largest district in Oklahoma, with more than 21,000 students and 1,400 teachers. It covers 159 square miles in Moore and south Oklahoma City. It is made up of 23 elementary schools, 5 junior high schools, 3 high schools, 5 alternative schools, and an internet based curriculum.
On May 20, 2013, an F-5 tornado churned across the city of Moore, leaving a 17-mile stretch of destruction that resulted in the deaths of 24 people, including 7 children from the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Two hundred mile-per-hour winds pummeled both Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary, destroying the schools but not the spirits of the students, teachers and administrators.
Funds donated at the “Memphis to Moore” fundraiser will go to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. The fund will be used to aid students, families and staff of Moore Public Schools who were affected by the tornado.
These funds will help remove the obstacles that stand in the way of teachers being able to teach and children being able to learn by providing them the basic educational materials and support they need. This could include, but not be limited to, things such as food, clothing, shelter, after school care, school supplies, classroom materials and student transportation to and from school related events.