YUKON — Although their school is gone, children from Canadian Valley Technology Center's Child Development Center have a place to go during the day and, now, books to read and toys to play with when they get there.
A group of faculty, staff and students from the University of Central Oklahoma dropped off several boxes of books, art materials and toys at Church of Christ — South Yukon for the child care center Thursday morning.
The El Reno technology center's child care center has been operating in the church since the building that housed the center was destroyed in the May 31 tornado in Canadian County. No children were present at the center when the tornado struck.
The storm caused heavy damage at the technology center, destroying buildings and leaving cars strewed. Heavy winds picked up a wind turbine blade that had been tied down with steel straps and pushed it against a building nearby.
About 15 people took shelter in basements on campus during the storm. All escaped without injury.
In a sense, the timing of the storm was fortunate for the child care center, said technology center Superintendent Greg Winters. Had the storm passed through the area earlier in the afternoon, there may have been injuries or fatalities, he said.