The Norman Transcript

August 20, 2013

Plaza Towers families pledge support to school shelter nonprofit

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — Families of Plaza Towers victims came together Tuesday on the three-month anniversary of the devastating tornado that took the lives of their children.

The families were at First Baptist Church in Moore in support of Shelter Oklahoma Schools, a private organization set up by state representatives Mark McBride and Jon Echols.

“We’re here today to announce that these families have pledged their support. But not just their support — their work, their spirit, their heart,” Echols said. “They’ve actually done the work to help this organization.”

Echols said after he and McBride were on the scene at Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools the night the tornado hit, seeing the loss of life and the problems at hand made them want to set up Shelter Oklahoma Schools.

The nonprofit organization collects donations with the goal of getting more storm shelters in Oklahoma schools. Its focus is to make schools safer for students when severe weather hits.

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