Long Beach City school district students and staff members raised $1,300 to help tornado-ravaged elementary schools in Moore, Okla.
Students and staff at West and Lindell elementary schools held the donation drive on May 30, school officials said. Participants donated at least $2 and wore their favorite sports team shirts as part of the “Good Sports” drive, officials said.
Moore was hit by a tornado on May 20 that killed 24 people and caused $2 billion in property damage.
Long Beach teachers said they were motivated to help the Oklahoma victims by their own experience with superstorm Sandy, which caused $54 million in damage and shuttered all of the Long Beach district’s schools for two weeks last year. The district received about $1 million in cash and gift donations from all over the world.
“We pay it forward by helping the Oklahoma victims,” said Heather Puckhaber, a first-grade teacher at Lindell who helped organize the event.
“Our students had to overcome adversity themselves this year and have experienced the generosity of the many people who reached out to them and their neighbors to give a helping hand,” Superintendent David Weiss said in a statement. “We are proud to see our students paying it forward to others as a sign of gratitude for all the help we received in the wake of superstorm Sandy.”