Plaza Towers Elementary Memorial

Plaza Towers Elementary Memorial

From Chad Vice

The tornado that hit Moore, OK on May 20, 2013 took 24 lives, including 7 elementary students. Please help us finalize the Plaza Towers Elementary Memorial by making a donation.

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On May 20, 2013 an EF5 tornado tore through the community of Moore, Oklahoma;  taking with it homes, businesses and the lives of twenty four people, including seven children from Plaza Towers Elementary School.

One year later, an appropriate and timeless memorial is being constructed in conjunction with the rebuild of Plaza Towers Elementary School.  The memorial will honor the seven children who died and pay tribute to the heroic actions of teachers, administrators, family members, emergency responders and volunteers from the Moore community.

Located at the new Plaza Towers Elementary School (on the same site as the previous school), the memorial will be dedicated in August to coincide with the new school year.  It will serve as a reminder of what was lost on May 20th, but also as a beacon of hope for the many kids who will attend Plaza Towers now and in the future…that Oklahoman’s are resilient and persevere in the face of adversity.  While the seven children will never be forgotten, their memorial will welcome students into a bright future every time they enter school. 

How you can help make a difference

While construction of the memorial will proceed in conjunction with the new elementary school, funding is completely reliant on private donations. You can help by donating via this website. All funding is administered by the Moore Public Schools Foundation a 501 (c)(3).

Whether you’re a child contributing a dollar, or a corporation willing to give much more, there is no minimum or maximum giving level. 

Please join this historic effort to memorialize the loss of seven precious lives…and point future kids to a bright future. 

About the Design

The design preserves the generous space required for large numbers of children and adults moving back and forth from the school but also incorporates elements that will enhance the daily use of the space for all.

The key elements of the memorial design include:

  • Seven solid granite benches with the names of each child and special objects carved into the benches which will symbolize the individuality of each child.  The benches will be placed in a gentle curve around the back edge of the plaza pavement like falling leaves and will allow parents and children to rest and visit.  Each bench will allow double sided seating so that smaller children can safely play on the lawn area encompassed by the benches and away from the vehicular travel way and movement of people back and forth.
  • A large shade tree will be planted in the lawn area to provide shade in the warmer months and soften the façade of the school building.
  • The plaza will be paved with thick granite slabs to provide a timeless and strong surface.  The granite will be in two colors, gray and mahogany.  The mahogany granite will form seven sun rays focused on each bench to symbolize the happiness that each child brought to the lives of their families, friends and community.
  • Inspirational messages will be engraved into the pavement.  The messages will evoke the spirit of the children and the virtues that the Plaza Towers community seeks to provide and encourage every day for all of its students.
  • There will be seven silhouettes of children, three boys and four girls engraved onto granite plaques on the vertical walls forming the entrance to the school.  Each silhouette will include a personal effect that they may be holding like a soccer ball or an image placed on their backpack or clothing that will represent items special to their lives.  The children may be running or walking or skipping.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to The Moore Public School System, Republic Bank & Trust, Preston and Nikki McCurtain,  Levant Technologies and Trifecta Communications for their efforts in orchestrating this important initiative.

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