By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
As the nation continues to support those affected by the Moore tornados through fundraising and volunteering, Stillwater Public Schools is working to help teachers in that area.
“I was thinking about what we could do in Moore and the two schools that were destroyed,” Superintendent Ann Caine said. “Some of them lost their cars and their homes and when you think about starting over in your classroom and the deductibles on (your personal items), it’s kind of mind-boggling to me.”
The idea to raise funds seemed plausible, but the school district is not allowed to purchase gift cards with funds. The school is seeking monetary donations in the form of a Visa prepaid gift card, which can be used at any location. Caine said the amount of the gift card can be small or large.
“Our goal is $500 per teacher,” she said.
Caine said she sent emails to staff and parents. The donation campaign then grew in size, being promoted by Meridian Technology Center, Oklahoma State University and state and national superintendents groups. So far, approximately $30,000 has been raised with $25,000 donated by Barry Sanders auto dealership.
More donations, in the form of Visa prepaid cards, are welcome and may be dropped off at the school administration building. The deadline is July 20.
Cainewas responsible for the elementary schools and curriculum in Moore for four years. She hired the principals of Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary, two schools destroyed in the EF-5 tornado. She left Moore in 2008 to be Stillwater’s school superintendent.
“When you see the destruction and you think how do you replace all those items in the classroom on a teachers income and you think about the losses in your personal life like cars and houses...it just broke my heart,” Caine said.