AASA Releases Statement of Concern and Offers Help to Oklahoma Schools

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

Alexandria, Va., May 21, 2013 – Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, today issued the following statement:

Once again we are witness to the tragedy and destruction wrought by a tornado. The community of Moore, Oklahoma, was leveled yesterday and two elementary schools were destroyed and young students lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Moore community. As we did with Hurricane Sandy, AASA will again coordinate a relief effort to assist the schools in Moore.

Moore Public Schools, the third largest district in Oklahoma, serves 21,000 students in Moore and South Oklahoma City. Two of the district’s elementary schools, Two Plazas Elementary and Briarwood Elementary, were destroyed in this tornado. AASA will broker support between these schools and schools and districts elsewhere in the country through AASA’s Children’s Programs.

Those wishing to contribute funds can send their donations to AASA c/o Moore Relief Effort, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria VA 22314. Make checks payable to “AASA.”

“As we did in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated schools all along Gulf Coast and last fall when Hurricane Sandy struck the Eastern seaboard,” said Domenech, “we are activating our national network of education leaders to support students in need. We are grateful to all the districts and individuals who are joining us in this effort. ”

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.