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April 24, 2014

Moore schools receive $500K

NORMAN — As Mickey Davis addressed the auditorium, the picture of a bright-eyed, happy 8-year-old on the podium in front of her could not be ignored. Davis’ son, Kyle Davis, was one of seven who lost their lives in the May 2013 tornadoes at Plaza Towers Elementary.

Mickey Davis said she had good, bad and miserable days since the tornadoes, but she was marking Wednesday as a good day.

On Wednesday, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) Disaster Relief organization presented a $500,000 donation to Moore Public Schools to build a 1,600-person storm shelter.

Davis said Kyle’s death had meaning as the impetus for the building of storm shelters in Moore schools and that while she prayed Central students never have to use the storm shelter, they were fortunate to have a safe place during severe weather.

“I’m proud and honored to be Kyle’s mom. Thank you, BGCO,” Davis said. “Kyle, JaNae, Emily, Sydney, Nicholas, Christopher and Antonia, I know you’re here with us today.”

The BGCO, which has ongoing involvement in the response and rebuild after the May 2013 tornadoes, designated the gift for Central Elementary School and Central Junior High School, 123 NW 2nd St. and 400 N Broadway St., respectively.

“We are privileged to present the Moore Schools with this check to help fund a storm shelter building at Central in Moore, which will benefit an estimated 1,600 students, teachers and staff,” said Dr. Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO executive director and treasurer. “This will bring peace to the hearts and minds of the many (residents) of Moore ... This investment is made possible because of the generosity of thousands of Baptists and others who gave toward Oklahoma Baptists’ disaster relief and recovery work.”

Moore Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines appeared with Jordan and other BGCO officials at the site of Central Elementary School and Central Junior High School, where the storm shelter facility will be constructed.

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