Red Cross Helps El Reno, Oklahoma Teachers

"This just validates that the Red Cross will do what it says it will do.”

On Thursday, the American Red Cross visited El Reno High School to continue its support of teachers whose classrooms were impacted by the May storms and tornadoes.

The Red Cross provided breakfast to the schools and financial assistance to six teachers, support staff and administrators with financial support to help replace personal classroom items lost in the tornado that hit outside El Reno.

“I am about to cry it means so much to me,” said history teacher, Marty Young. “I’ll be able to replace maps and 12 years worth of stuff.”

Young’s classroom at the alternative school in El Reno suffered water damage after huge pieces of hail slammed through the roof. The district superintendent, Craig McVay, told a story of walking through one of the schools and picking up a piece of hail.

“I had to hold it to my head just to help give it a size comparison,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything that big.”

McVay said just days after the tornado he was contacted by the Red Cross offering assistance to the district.

“I never would have thought about needing help on something like this,” he said. “This just validates that the Red Cross will do what it says it will do.”

This is the third school district the Red Cross is helping to replace personal classroom items. In August, teachers, staff and administrators from the hard-hit Moore district and neighboring Mid-Del schools district received their gift cards just before the school year started.

The Red Cross continues to reach out to these school districts to help identify any needs they may have as well as pointing them to the long-term recovery help available if they suffered damage or loss of their homes.