MOORE — Molly Spearman, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators was in Oklahoma recently to deliver a donation to two Moore Public Schools elementary school principals impacted by the May 20 tornado.
Spearman met with Shelley Jaques-McMillin, Briarwood Elementary School Principal and Amy Simpson, Plaza Towers Elementary School Principal at the CCOSA Office in Oklahoma City, and presented them with a check for $11,000 raised by administrators across the state of South Carolina. The funds were raised from an email sent by Spearman to SCASA members letting them know about CCOSA’s School Tornado Relief Fund. Donations from South Carolina administrators quickly poured in once South Carolina administrators were made aware of the CCOSA Fund.
“The Moore school leaders were wonderful examples of great leadership and compassion during the recent tragedy,” Spearman stated. “They made all of us proud to be a part of the education family. All contributions are a gift of love from their counterparts in South Carolina,” she added.
While Molly and her husband Bill were in Oklahoma they took time to tour the damage in Moore and visited the Plaza Towers Elementary School site to see the damage caused by the storm. Principals Jaques-McMillin and Simpson invited Mrs. Spearman and her husband to come back to Oklahoma next summer to see the new elementary schools when they are completed.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of SCASA and for all those who donated to the Oklahoma Relief Effort,” said Principals Shelley Jaques-McMillin and Molly Simpson. “It was so nice to meet Molly and her husband Bill. We appreciate them driving the check to us and putting a face with the donation and being able to hug them,” they added.
The School Tornado Relief Fund was established by CCOSA just after the May tornadoes in an effort to provide assistance directly to the school districts affected by the spring tornado outbreaks. To date over $27,000 has been received from administrators and businesses across the state of Oklahoma, as well as the Alabama, Kansas and Minnesota Administrators Associations.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) donated $5,000 to the relief fund. Briarglen Elementary of the Union Public School District collected over $900 for the fund. Other substantial donations came from businesses like Professional Marine Services of Catoosa and PlattForm Advertising of Kansas City.