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Lakeshore In the Community

Making a Difference in Moore
Moore, OK

We all were distraught over the damage brought on by the category 5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013. Some of the hardest-hit buildings included two public elementary schools that were in the tornado’s direct path.

Karen Marinelli, a first-grade teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, selflessly protected three of her students—and undoubtedly saved their lives—as she shielded them from a brick wall that crumbled on her back. She has since had surgery and is in a wheelchair for the time being. However, she refuses to give up her passion and continues to teach at a nearby school while Plaza Towers is rebuilt.

As endless accounts of teacher heroism and bravery like Karen’s rose from the rubble, devastation quickly turned to determination. The community resolved to rebuild, and programs like DonorsChoose.org were ready to help teachers and students get back on track.

DonorsChoose.org is an award-winning online nonprofit organization that helps fund projects, activities, and supplies for classrooms in need. Lakeshore was thrilled to join DonorsChoose.org on the ground in Moore to help outfit classrooms and get teachers up and running—just in time for the first day of school. We’re amazed at the work done by DonorsChoose.org, and are inspired by the incredible spirit of teachers and students in this community.

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First-grade teacher Karen Marinelli and the three students she shielded from the tornado at the site where Plaza Towers Elementary School once was.
First-grade teacher Karen Marinelli and the three students she shielded from the tornado at the site where Plaza Towers Elementary School once was.
Lakeshore Regional Manager Chris Abernathy and Karen Marinelli, first-grade teacher from Plaza Towers Elementary School in new classroom at Oakridge Elementary School.
Lakeshore Regional Manager Chris Abernathy and Karen Marinelli, first-grade teacher from Plaza Towers Elementary School in new classroom at Oakridge Elementary School.
DonorsChoose.org Chief Marketing Officer Katie Bisbee, Lakeshore Regional Manager Chris Abernathy, and Special Assistant to the CEO Chris Pearsall on-site in Moore, Oklahoma.
DonorsChoose.org Chief Marketing Officer Katie Bisbee, Lakeshore Regional Manager Chris Abernathy, and Special Assistant to the CEO Chris Pearsall on-site in Moore, Oklahoma.
Lakeshore’s Chris Abernathy delivering Lakeshore supplies to teachers in need in Moore, Oklahoma.
Lakeshore’s Chris Abernathy delivering Lakeshore supplies to teachers in need in Moore, Oklahoma.
Lakeshore supplies ready for eager students and teachers heading back to school in Moore, Oklahoma!
Lakeshore supplies ready for eager students and teachers heading back to school in Moore, Oklahoma!


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