Moore students prepare to start fresh in different locations

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MOORE, Okla.- The first day of school is just around the corner for students across our state but for some children in Moore, it means a fresh start in a new place.

Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary were both destroyed by the May 20 tornado.

As a result of the destruction, the district has spent the summer making plans for where the teachers and students will go from here.

Jimi Fleming, with Moore Public Schools, said, "Really, the entire school district has been victim to the storm."

In all, 23 of the districts' buildings sustained some form of damage.

While most of the buildings can still hold students, those who went to Briarwood and Plaza Towers are being relocated.

Students from Plaza Towers will head a couple of miles east, attending school inside the 800 Building at Central Junior High.

Fleming said, "It's going to be like a new school on the inside for those kids."

The building is right next door to the Central Elementary playground, giving the students a place to play.

Briarwood students are headed a little west to the Emmaus Baptist Church, near S.W. 159th St. and Western.

Jim Lehew, pastor at Emmaus Baptist Church, said, "We've got all the desks in here.We're just waiting for the teachers to get in and show us what they want."

Ladena Schober, whose child attends Briarwood, said, "It's really exciting for us to know all the Briarwood kids will be together because were were afraid they would be separated."

Lehew said, "It's going to be different but the great thing is they're all going to be together."

He says the church is glad to help out while the district works to rebuild the schools.

Lehew said, "This allows us to be able to walk beside them for a good year, to be there for them in anyway that we can."

While the district says it will take time and money to rebuild, they are confident students will be comfortable and able to learn in these temporary locations.

School officials tell us the goal is for the temporary locations to be used this year.

They hope to have new buildings built for students at Plaza Towers and Briarwood by the next school year.

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