The last building to be hit by the F5 tornado that came through Moore, OK on May 20th of 2013, the students and teachers of Highland East Jr. High lost their belongings but hung on to their lives. Literally. Only one student was hurt and that occurred when the student hung on to a gym locker with one hand while holding on to the hand of a classmate who was being sucked up into the tornado. A hero.
Members of the Texas Oklahoma District Disaster Team came together Monday, May 19th almost one year to the date of the horrific tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma to present Highland East Junior High School with a check from the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis Disaster fund for $50,000. Monies donated will go to buying smart boards for the school.
The Texas Oklahoma Kiwanis Disaster Team lead by Carlene Campbell in 2013 went into action with the help of this year’s chairman, Robin Meyer, to set up a fund and begin stuffing Disaster Backpacks for Moore residents who were displaced by the tornado. Texas Kiwanian teams who house the supplies made two trips to meet with Oklahoma Kiwanian teams to drop off backpacks for Moore and the surrounding cities that were hit by the F5 tornado. Ms. Campbell and her team also partnered with the Salvation Army to provide a canteen on site at the FEMA camp. This was an example of a true Kiwanis project as funds came from all over the world to assist these families. Monies were received from Kiwanis Clubs and Districts all over North America and as far away as Japan. The Texas Oklahoma District Kiwanis Disaster Team wishes to thank all the clubs and districts who contributed to this fund.
Smart boards will be provided for all the rooms in the school and will indicate they were donated by Kiwanis.