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March 7, 2014

Oklahoma kids get helmets for tornado protection

MOORE — As many as 34,000 students and workers in the Moore school district soon will have access to helmets to protect them during severe weather.

Moore Helmets for Schools, a group of volunteers headed by the mother of a Briarwood Elementary School student who survived the deadly May 20 tornado, has raised $250,000 to pay for skating helmets and storage bins.

Group members are set to deliver helmets and bins to four schools Saturday morning.

The helmets, which cost less than $7 each, are being paid for by private and public donations, including more than $100,000 each from the United Way and the American Red Cross.

Moore Superintendent Robert Romines says the helmets will provide “one more layer of protection for our students and faculty.”

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