The Moore American

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September 11, 2013

Volunteers build playground at Emmaus Baptist Church for displaced elementary students



One of the adults he had worked alongside was Moore Schools Superintendent Robert Romines.

“It’s been a challenging summer,” said the superintendent, who oversaw not only the regular planning stages for all Moore schools, but also had to find new homes for the schools destroyed in the storm. Watching the community come together in such a manner was a highlight.

“Now we are about rebuilding. We will never forget,” he said. “But now we are looking into the future.

“Briarwood, Plaza Towers — these schools were the hearts of their neighborhoods. And a playground at a school is a huge part of that. This built is for the kids, for the community. It’s overwhelming,” Romines said.

Volunteers agreed that they would be back when the other playgrounds will be built.

Pastor Jim Shepherd of Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman was part of the effort with a group from his congregation.

“The Moore tornado touched the heart of Goodrich in a powerful way as we witnessed the physical and emotional devastation. We jumped at the opportunity to share in this playground project because we knew that it would provide hundreds of children to opportunity to do what children do — play,” he said.

“And when they get ready to move the school back, we’ll do it all again,” Shepard said.

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