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May 21, 2013

In response to the devastating tornado that killed nine children and destroyed their elementary school in suburban Oklahoma City on May 20, the Oklahoma State School Board Association is appealing nationwide to other school districts and associations.

A relief effort has been started to assemble supplies and funds for the victims of the tornadoes, which killed 24 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and displaced hundreds of families. The school that bared the brunt of the tornado was Plaza Towers Elementary School located in Moore, OK.  

According to Jeff, Mills, executive director of OSSBA, the relief effort was initiated to offer an opportunity for those wishing to help.

“Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to the victims of the recent tornadoes. When members of our OSSBA family are hurting, we are all hurting,” he said in a message to all Oklahoma school boards. OSSBA is accepting donated school supplies at its office located at 2801 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, 73105. They are also accepting donations of money that will be distributed to the school districts impacted by the storms. Checks can be made out to “OSSBA Tornado Relief.”

School supplies that are needed include notebooks and paper (wide and narrow ruled), markers crayons, glue (bottle and glue stick), backpacks, pens and pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, highlighters, dry-erase markers, construction paper, copy paper, binders, rulers, tape, art supplies, gym supplies, desks, and computers.

They are also accepting supplies for families that have been displaced. These include canned goods, formula, diapers, baby wipes, soap, clothing, sunscreen, dog and cat food, trash bags, work gloves, insect spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, brooms, and shovels.

Questions about the relief effort can be directed to Amanda Brakebill at or Emily Hutton at

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