Edmond, Deer Creek students, staff collect tornado relief
Edmond and Deer Creek students and staff members collect food and clothing for tornado victims.
EDMOND — Students and staff from Edmond Santa Fe High School made the most of the last three days of school by collecting nonperishable food items to help those affected by the recent tornadoes in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Santa Fe Student Council organized the project at the suggestion of incoming Principal Earl Kirkpatrick.
Student council members also enlisted the help of some of their friends from Edmond North High School. The students collected more than 50 boxes of food items and donated them to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Kirkpatrick said.
Students in the Deer Creek School District followed suit, collecting two truckloads of food, clothes and other items for the people affected in the Piedmont School District area.
Deer Creek also provided those affected with $2,800 worth of gift cards.
“It's not just rivalry, it's also camaraderie,” Deer Creek spokeswoman Lenis DeRieux wrote in a news release.
Deer Creek employees delivered items to Piedmont School officials last week.
Deer Creek employees directly affected by the tornadoes received $6,950 in relief from community members and business owners, DeRieux said.