Moore teachers get help to resupply classroom after the tornado

Moore teachers get help to resupply classroom after the tornado

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The impact of the deadly tornado in Moore continues to haunt the town. Now as teachers and students prepare for the upcoming school year, many of them will be starting new in a new school in a new classroom. For the teachers this means restocking supplies and gadgets that took them years to build up.

 

"I'm not ready yet we still have a few weeks, we are for sure going to be ready by then though and are going to try and make it the best year possible for all the kids coming back, Briarwood teacher Gina Janzen said.

 

Mrs. Janzen and her fellow teachers are getting help from the organization Donors Choose. The non-profit helps teachers across the country create innovative learning spaces by connecting them with donors. And when the tornado hit Moore in May the group started a project specifically for the community.

 

"We had a goal of raising over half a million dollars that's what we raised in Joplin a couple of years ago, and we said we can based on the number of schools and number of teachers effected we believe we can raise that amount again and we so thrilled to reach the fundraising goal above that, $700,000 to date", Donors Choose Outreach Manger Andy Wright said.

 

Not only will teachers get a piece of the $700,000, they can also go on the website and create their own request for items just like teachers across the country can.

 

"Pretty much the skies the limit, you can get anything from teaching supplies to any kind of electronic things to furniture desks or bean bags for the kids," Janzen said.

 

Janzen and a Plaza Towers teacher Tabitha Baughman both have gotten listen centers through a grant from donorschoose.org. Baughman says she's also requested book shelves along with math games and interactive tools. The grants help them bring a sense of normalcy back after such a tragic situation.

 

"I think the biggest challenge is going to be to make sure the kids have that sense of normalcy, like nothing is really changed, like we are trying to bring things back to normal, and to just let them all know we still have all the comforts that we had before," Baughman said.

You can help fund the teachers from Moore's projects by visiting Donors Choose and donating money to their cause.

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