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Parties planned for Plaza Towers and Briarwood students, staff

The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues Inc. — with help from the Oklahoma City and Moore police departments — will host the parties for families and workers from the two elementary schools destroyed by the May 20 tornado.
BY KYLE HINCHEY khinchey@opubco.com Modified: June 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm •  Published: June 10, 2013
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Two private parties are planned this week for students, families, teachers and staff members of Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools.

The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues Inc. — with help from the Oklahoma City and Moore police departments — will host the parties Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Hey-Day Entertainment Center in Norman.

The two schools were destroyed by the May 20 tornado.

The event is meant to help the children get back a sense of normalcy, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

“We don't want them to have the tornado to be a lasting legacy in their minds,” Nelson said. “We want them to know that the community and the teachers are there for them. We need to stop what happened from being a lasting, negative image in their minds as far as attending those schools.”

The parties will feature laser tag, miniature golf, a rope course, video and arcade games, and pizza.

Also, the national PAL organization and the National Basketball Retired Players Association will host a private basketball camp Thursday afternoon at Moore High School. The event is for Moore students in the sixth grade and younger.