MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Nearly three months after a twister blasted through Moore, Okla., and destroyed two elementary schools, students are going back to class.
And although many families are ready to return to a familiar routine, parents and teachers say many children in the Oklahoma City suburb have fears that are still fresh and a lot more healing to do.
One young girl is so afraid of the wind that she carries headphones to block out the noise. Other kids are traumatized by memories of their narrow escape and friends who died just a few feet away from them.
Classes resume Friday in temporary buildings until Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary are rebuilt. The May 20 tornado killed 24 people and wrecked scores of homes and businesses.
It is the last day to donate items as part of the STL 4 OKC campaign.
Mayor Francis Slay, County Executive Charlie Dooley, and Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford were all on hand this week to announced the donation drive.
There are two drop off locations that open until 7 PM on Friday. The first location is at Loughborough Commons at I-55 and Loughborough. The second location is at Kirkwood Commons at I-44 and Lindbergh. Bradford will be at the Kirkwood Commons location between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Organizers are asking for any prepackaged items from pet food to hygiene products. The donations will be driven to Moore, Oklahoma this weekend.