Moore Public Schools announced its list of selected local nonprofit beneficiaries for this school year’s Moore Love fundraising initiative. All donations generated by the 35 school sites go directly to the nonprofits after final collections are completed on Feb. 28, 2024. The Moore Love 2024 beneficiaries are:
- Regional Food Bank: Backpack for Kids Program: MPS works with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank to provide food in backpacks for approximately 700 MPS elementary students without enough food at home to sustain them over the weekend. MPS also has food pantries at many junior highs and high schools for older students. Learn more at rfbo.org.
- Not Your Average Joe: NYAJ’s Mission is to inspire our community by including students and adults with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities in the creation of exceptional coffee in an encouraging atmosphere. These opportunities create workforce experience and build the confidence of MPS students and graduates for work in the service industry. Learn more at nyaj.coffee.
- Send Relief: This local chapter of a global organization exists to respond to life-altering moments in North America and around the world. They respond to natural disasters, fight human trafficking, strengthen vulnerable communities, and provide medical attention, and necessities to MPS families through the Food & Clothing Closet. Learn more at sendrelief.org.
Started in the 2017-18 school year, this is the seventh year of the MPS Moore Love philanthropic initiative, with a focus on engaging the MPS community to unite as one fundraising powerhouse to help fight hunger, heal hurts and provide funding for real solutions.
The set fundraising month is February, but MPS students begin fundraising activities for their intra-district competition almost as soon as school starts in August. MPS has approximately 24,400 students and 2,700 staff members throughout 35 school sites, so the strength of all schools, students, families and MPS employees working together to raise funds has been tremendous. This is the fifth school year with the Moore Love initiative.
Student leadership teams from Moore, Westmoore, and Southmoore High Schools heard recipient pitches and made the selections before school started. They drive the fundraising efforts for their schools and assist the junior high and elementary schools with fundraising ideas and encouragement.
Dr. Robert Romines said,
We are ready to get to work with our students and staff and raise money for these worthy agencies. Although the main fundraising month is February, our students get to work when they get back to school. The work these nonprofits do benefits our communities and our students and we’re excited to give back.
Last year the Moore Love initiative raised more than $378,000 that went to the Regional Food Bank: Backpack for Kids Program, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, the Mary Abbott House, to Moore Bridges and to The Sparrow Project.