The Norman Transcript

July 18, 2013

Sales brings $60K to Moore schools

By Caitlin Schudalla
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Fans of the ATX Mafia-designed T-shirt supporting Moore recovery efforts culminated in a $60,000 donation to Moore Public Schools’ adopt-a-teacher program Wednesday.

Featuring “We Will Be OK Together” on the front and “Givin’ Moore Love” on the back, the popular T-shirt was the brainchild of Lexie Bennett and Shelby Hill, of the Austin-based T-shirt company, ATX Mafia.

“We’re honored to be here and have been overwhelmed by the response to this shirt,” Bennett said.

Orders for the shirt were placed in almost every U.S. state, Australia, Germany, Canada and U.K., as well as from U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Guam.

Bennett and Hill were inspired to create the T-shirt for Moore after another benefit T-shirt designed for victims of the factory explosion in West, Texas, raised $50,000 for the town’s recovery.

Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines and other MPS administrators accepted the donation Wednesday and sported their own ATX Mafia T-shirts, compliments of Bennett and Hill.

“Our foundation just began handing out $1,000 checks to teachers today, so we’re excited to begin the process,” Romines said.

Romines said teachers’ estimates of personal losses ranged from $8,000 to $30,000 and the distribution of recovery funds will be on a case-by-case basis.

“Teachers’ classroom supplies vary widely depending on their grade level. A kindergarten teacher may need plastic bins for snacks and craft supplies, where a seventh- or eighth-grade teacher will need desk blotters or math formula posters. We’re helping teachers at all facilities who suffered total losses to their classrooms, and district insurance will help offset some of their costs,” Romines said.

The T-shirt is still on sale and can be ordered through the ATX Mafia website, atxmafia.com.