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May 22, 2013

Henryville students, staff donate, contemplate volunteering



But he said without any direction, his students are already pitching in.

“Our students have already started putting money in a box,” Albert said. “That was [Tuesday] and tomorrow will be our big push.”

Glenn Riggs, principal of the elementary school, said 2012’s tornado was still a sensitive subject for students and even some staff members. But he said they’re still working out ways to help.

“We know the thing to do is nothing immediate,” Riggs said. “Without a facility and without a place to be, they don’t need any stuff. We’re going to reconvene in the fall and that will be a time where we put our heads together, we will use all of our resources of our students and families.”

He said even after more than a year, Henryville’s schools are still trying to locate some of their lost materials and dealing with other emotional losses. 

He did say there’s something his school can do right now. On Tuesday morning, a school in Maine that has sent aid continuously to Henryville Elementary School called to let them know they’d raised another $2,000 for books. Instead of filling their library further, Riggs said they’re sending the check to Oklahoma.

“We’re going to take their fundraising efforts and pay them forward,” Riggs said. “We can take the privilege of what would be a gift for us and pass it on to them.”

But the schools’ administrators are approaching donations carefully to make sure they get to the places they want them to go. Albert said he wants any materials or money sent to Oklahoma go directly to Plaza Towers Elementary School to avoid any hitches in directing aid.

Riggs said after reflecting on what he, his staff and students lived through last year, his heart is heavy for people in Moore.

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