Moore teachers donations doubled by sponsor
MOORE, Okla. — Four months ago, residents in Moore had no idea what the next 24 hours had in store for them. On May 20th, everything changed for thousands.
The tornado took seven precious lives at Plaza Towers Elementary. For some teachers in Moore, it swept away everything.
Not even a pencil sharpener was salvaged. They soon learned how to post their upcoming classroom needs on a website, DonorsChoose.org
More than $800,000 in projects were funded, but one corporate sponsor wants to remind people – the teachers still need help.
Tabitha Baughman is now teaching Plaza Towers students in classrooms at Central Junior High in Moore.
We first met her and other Moore teachers in July, when they were learning to replenish their teaching tools through DonorsChoose.org.
Generous donors can literally choose which teacher projects to fund.
“I knew they would probably fund one project,” Baughman said. “But I couldn’t even imagine all that they’ve funded. I’ve had four projects funded already.”
That includes a mobile dry erase board, a rolling bookshelf, iPad mini’s and a wireless listening center.
All of these items have given students a sense of familiarity and security, once again.
“They know that they’re safe,” Baughman said. ”They know where they need to be and they know that they’re going to learn.”
But there are still $200,000 in projects still waiting to be funded.
So the Horace Mann Insurance company has stepped in to help.
If a project on the website is marked with their logo, it only has to be funded at half the cost – and Horace Mann will donate the other half.
“I think that just shows what the need is,” Horace Mann Insurance Agent Dusty Treat said. ”There are still lots of needs here in Moore, even four months after the fact.”
Horace Mann is donating $25,000 to the “Double Your Impact” campaign.
If you’d like to help fund the remaining teachers’ projects in Moore, visit DonorsChoose.org.