MOORE, Okla. -- On September 26th there was some well-deserved recognition for dozens of Moore teachers. They were honored for their heroics on May 20th.
It was all orchestrated by a group of grateful parents who've spent the past four months raising money and attention for those incredible educators.
NewsChannel 4's Lance West was the emcee at the inspirational event.
Our paths first crossed under the most horrific conditions. Plaza Towers teacher Rhonda Crosswhite had just tunneled out from a mountain of debris.
Four months later she is in much better circumstances.
Rhonda is among 80-plus Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary School teachers being honored for their bravery May 20th.
“We weren’t heroes that day. I know people call us heroes, but you ask anyone that day, we went to our school and took care of our kids because when they are at school’ they are ours,” Crosswhite says.
Five Moore moms launched “Restore Moore, Project Teacher” in the days following May 20th. Their desire was to raise enough money to help each teacher replace items lost that horrible spring day.
Their very first donation was nearly $1,000 in pennies from tender hearted children. And it grew from there; beyond anything these women ever imagined.
This was a well-deserved evening of un-paralleled pampering, fun, and entertainment.
It was for genuine heroes; men and women who were literally knocked down, but got back up and are moving forward.
It was a big thank you, from a very appreciative community.
“Restore Moore, Project Teacher” set out to donate $500 to every teacher at Plaza Towers and Briarwood.
They surpassed that goal by almost $1,000 per teacher! Congratulations!