Stillwater News Press

May 22, 2013

Tornado strikes chord with Stillwater’s FFA

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater High sophomore Colton Pratz decided he wanted to help while watching television coverage of a massive tornado leveling parts of Moore Monday.

SHS junior Rena Vielma shared the same sentiment as did other members of the Stillwater High FFA chapter. Tuesday and Wednesday, FFA chapter members gathered in the parking lot of a Perkins Road shopping center. One group waved and hollered next to the road. Four others stood atop a horse trailer to attract attention. Both groups waved colorful signs.

“I am on the chapter officer team, Pratz said. “Our officer team just pulled together. We thought it was a good idea to come together as an FFA chapter and help the victims of the Moore tornado.”

 Pratz, like many Oklahomans, watched the drama and trauma unfold in Moore on television. He watched as rescue efforts focused on Plaza Tower Elementary School. The tornado also damaged Briarwood Elementary School.

“Out of all the places it could have gone, it hit two schools,” Pratz said. “It was very devastating to watch it on television.”

The Stillwater FFA students knew they wanted to help, Vielma said.

Chapter officers and students talked and decided collecting donations would be the best way to help the residents of Moore.

“Our class decided to get donations for the victims — like water, diapers, food,” she said.

Vielma waved a multi-colored sign that read “Donations for Moore” next to Perkins Road. Many motorists waved back to the students and a few honked their horns to show their support.

“It makes us feel as if we are getting support,” she said. “I’m really sorry that it happened. I hope we can help them out through our donations. I hope to help them get through it.”