First day for cleanup efforts at Moore schools

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Updated: 5/29/2013 10:40 pm Published: 5/29/2013 10:36 pm

Moore teachers and students were deeply impacted by the tornado that killed seven students inside Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Wednesday was the first day for volunteers to start cleaning up debris at Moore Public Schools. More than 200 volunteers helped with the recovery effort at Moore High School.

“We want ttake pride in our school and we don’t want them to be trashed,” said Santa Fe Elementary teacher Craig Edwards.

A committee made up of teachers organized a cleanup effort at the schools that were not demolished or severely damaged. Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary schools were hit the hardest in the tornado that tore through Moore on May 20. 

"This is therapy for me. It makes me feel better to be doing something and making progress," said John Cunningham, who teaches in the gifted program at Earlywine Elementary School.

Third-grader Grady Edwards says when arrived at Moore High School the fields were littered with storm debris.

"Trashy, really trashy," said Edwards.

His brother, dad and friends helped with the cleanup efforts.

"We raked and picked up trash," said Edwards.

He and his father, who is also a teacher, knows they are helping sweep up the constant reminder of what destroyed their town.

"I like to help and it was really fun to help," said Edwards.

Although, Moore High School was not destroyed in the tornado, volunteers say it's about school pride.

"It started out with all junk out here and now it's all green," said MHS Freshman Aaliyah Elders.

As they look back at the fields they raked, they are not looking at the past but what's ahead for Moore.

"It's awesome to look out and see that it is clean and there is not anymore tornado pieces and parts," said Goodnear.

Greener fields symbolizes a town that is 'Moore Strong.'

"Progress, slow but sure," said Cunningham.

There are 31 schools in Moore Public School system. Cunningham is helping head the committee to clean up the school campuses. He says they will meet on Thursday morning to schedule the next school and when to meet for cleanup.

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