The Moore American

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July 24, 2013

Kentucky youth aid clean-up

MOORE — A group of high school students from Kentucky have been in Moore recently, assisting with tornado clean up efforts.

On one stop among many in their annual “Serve the South” campaign, the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association decided to spend part of their trip in Oklahoma after seeing tornado damage on television.

“We normally head to the southeast,” said Drew Caldwell, senior program director of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association. “But we reworked our itinerary after seeing the devastation in Moore. We knew this area needed help and we also knew this would be an important stop for our students.”

The group came last Wednesday. While here, they toured the Choctaw Nation Capitol Museum in Tuskahoma, the state Capitol and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The group spent several hours volunteering in Moore last week.

Featuring the best and brightest from the Kentucky YMCA Youth in Government program, the group of 35 high school juniors and seniors from all over the Bluegrass State are dedicated to service.

To qualify for the trip, they needed to volunteer 50 hours of community service, plus raise $1,000 for the program’s scholarship fund to ensure the trips continue each year.

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