Oklahoma kids get helmets for tornado protection

A tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
A tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — 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 Oklahoman reports 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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Click here for more information about the program.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

 

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