“That’s one of the things that I’m so passionate about in my school teaching and here: It’s not just to make these kids good singers and dancers, it’s to make them good citizens,” she said. “I know they’re not all going to go on to be on Broadway...but being a good citizen and taking care of everybody else, you’ve got to learn by example.”
Students were able to fill bins with books several times over before inviting audience members to donate books at performances. Audience members were invited to hand books to the Cat in the Hat during the intermission of each show.
For more information on donating books or money to Moore Books for Moore Kids visit gofundme.com/MooreBooksforMooreKids.
Healing through creating
As a singer-songwriter Maggie McClure naturally expresses herself through music. After hearing about the tornadoes that hit her home state, this former Norman resident took up her pencil.
McClure created the song “Carry Me, Carry On,” in partnership with her husband and fellow Okie musician, Shane Henry.
“We're both from Oklahoma. It's truly home and we don't know what else to do besides write a song and try to be ambassadors for our state and try to raise awareness,” McClure said. “Because we're independent musicians we can’t donate tons of money ourselves.”
Lyrics include, “Lord, it’s going to take some time/ To put the pieces back together/ And try to move on with our lives/ Those things have changed forever/ God has always been on our side./ Carry me, carry on./ See the light of the morning sun./ Carry me, carry on./ There’ll be grace at the break of dawn./ Carry me, carry on.”
Henry said he hopes their song brings healing to those effected by the tornadoes.