The Moore foundation also partnered with the Pioneer Library System, which brought in nationally known children’s book illustrators for a fundraiser to benefit tornado-damaged school libraries. The event, titled “Drawn Together,” raised more than $20,000.
The foundation has worked hand-in-hand with new district Superintendent Robert Romines to plan the distribution of relief funds and ensure that funds are directed to the most critical needs. So far, the gifts have been designated to the Adopt-a-Teacher program and the reconstruction of the Central Junior High locker room. Remaining funds will be designated as needs become apparent.
Hinkle said he is grateful that, as a 501 (c)(3) organization, the Moore Public Schools Foundation had the capacity to “step in like a knight in shining armor” and help meet immediate needs. But their efforts wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of people in Oklahoma and around the country, he said. Throughout the recovery process, Hinkle said he has been reminded of the famous Mr. Rogers quote that in times of tragedy, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
For more information or to contribute to the Moore Public Schools’ tornado relief fund, visit the foundation website at mooreschools.com.