OKLAHOMA CITY – A local organization will be making a large donation to the Moore Public School District to help with projects that would have been delayed because of the May 20 tornado.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City will donate $1 million to the district at its monthly school board meeting on Thursday.
For more than four months, the federation collected donations from individuals, foundations and Jewish federations across the country.
As the donations continued to pour in, a committee tried to come up with the best way to use that money that would help the community.
“We knew that, in spite of the tremendous outpouring of support to address short-term needs, when the spotlight dimmed, having a long-term vision for the community of Moore would be essential,” stated Edie Roodman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation. “Our Disaster Relief Committee listened to Moore residents who highlighted the schools’ pivotal role in their community. Many said the award-winning schools were the primary reason they lived in Moore and planned to stay there. It became clear to us that this is where our support should be targeted.”
Organizers say the donation will be used for projects that would have been delayed until recovery from the storms was complete.
One such project includes the renovation of the Central Junior High School athletic facility.
During the tornado, the building suffered severe damage to the structure and the athletic equipment inside.