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Donate NOW to help IAO help Briarwood, Plaza Towers elementary students make T-shirts at end-of-year party

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 22, 2013
A swing set at Briarwood Elementary School on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
A swing set at Briarwood Elementary School on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

For the next 24 hours or so, the nonprofit Individual Artists of Oklahoma is directing all the donations it receives to T-shirts and art supplies for a special project for Briarwood and Plaza Tower Elementary students, whose schools were destroyed in Monday’s devastating tornado.

Here is the email I just received from IAO Executive Director Kendall Brown:

As you know, this week Moore was hit by one of the worst tornadoes in recorded history. Several of our member artists, and one of our sweet interns, were affected by the storms. For the last few days, we have been at a loss for words here at IAO, not knowing what to say and not knowing what to do.

Today, that has changed. One of the mothers of two young boys that attend Briarwood Elementary School, which was destroyed on Monday, has approached us and asked for our help. Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. a farewell celebration will be thrown for the students of Briarwood and Plaza Tower Elementary schools at a third location. IAO has been asked to provide teaching artists to assist the students in an activity to create t-shirts for themselves, as a final, happier conclusion to the school year.

The T-shirts for Briarwood Elementary have already been donated. We have secured a company that will sell the shirts at cost for Plaza Tower Elementary if we can secure the donation, and we still must come up with the money for the supplies to decorate the shirts.

Please consider donating. A donation as small as $5 is enough to ensure that one of the 1,200 students from the two schools will be able to make a T-shirt.

Today, we are proud to be Oklahoman. Together, we will rise.

To donate via PayPal, click here.

For more information, call 232-6060 or email kbrown@iaogallery.org.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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