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Memphian fund raises for alma mater in Moore, Oklahoma

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

School is out for summer but students and teachers in Moore, Oklahoma, are already worrying about the first day of school.

Out of the 35 Moore public school buildings, 20 were destroyed in the mile-wide, EF-5 tornado on May 20. Moore public schools face an uphill battle during the coming months trying to replace ruined supplies, rebuild school buildings and shuffle students to other schools.

"A lot of the students' different instruments have been donated to the school for students who maybe don't have the funds to supply those instruments themselves. All of those types of things have been lost or damaged as well," says Heather Little, an Eighth Grade Science Teacher at Moore's Brink Junior High School.

Little adds that teachers spend an estimated $1,000 of their own money on school supplies, all of which were lost in the tornado.

Angela Copeland, a Memphis resident from Moore, arranged Friday's "Memphis to Moore" fundraiser, raising more than $25,000 to support her former school system's recovery efforts. She says she wants to give back to the schools that gave so much to her.

"People in Memphis were surprised when they saw the teachers there laid their bodies down on top of these students when the tornado came through," says Copeland, "As impressed as I was, those are the teacher I had and that's exactly what I would expect from them."

With all of the devastation and sadness following the tornado, Moore teachers say seeing the Memphis community rally together for a town and a cause that didn't even affect the mid-south puts a smile on their faces.

"We've been able to see a tremendous amount of hope and just genuine, good humanity, even though you're not affected," says Little, "I know without a shadow of a doubt that if Memphis was ever impacted in this way the community of Moore would step right in and be there for them 100-percent."

Those who could not attend the fundraiser but still want to donate can do so through the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund website.

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