News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 5, 2013

SPPRAK spreading good feelings in Oklahoma

Group heading out to tornado-ravaged Moore

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute’s SPPRAK founders are taking their program to schools in Moore, Okla., a community devastated by a massive tornado in May.

They also are working to raise funds for the Moore school counseling program, which will  benefit children affected by the tornado.

SPPRAK stands for Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness. Founders Kim Grubb, Robin Heng and Susan Short seek to encourage acts of kindness that make a positive difference in someone’s life.

The program, implemented in Vigo County schools, has received nationwide attention, and now many other communities want to offer it. “SPPRAK is being picked up all over the country,” Heng said.

On Monday, SPPRAK founders are going to Moore, to introduce the program to the public schools there. “We reached out to them after the tornado,” Heng said.

Twenty of 30 schools were damaged in the tornado, with two elementary schools destroyed.

Seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary were killed. Other Moore students and staff were affected by the tornado, with some injured and others displaced.

“We wanted to introduce the [SPPRAK] program to give students and staff something positive to focus on,” Heng said. The school district “is extremely receptive.”

SPPRAK will meet with 60 administrative staff and counselors Monday to explain how to launch the program. They also will take starter kits and 30 banners.

SPPRAK is looking for organizations or businesses to sponsor the banners at $125 each; so far, it has sponsorships for four. Individual donations also are welcome.

All funds raised will go for counseling materials to help children as they continue to cope with after-effects of the tornado, Heng said. “That’s what they have asked for.”

SPPRAK hope to raise the money by Friday, but any donations received after the visit to Moore will be forwarded to the school district there, Heng said.

Donations can be done through Paypal, and SPPRAK also has an account at Riddell National Bank.

For more information, contact spprak@yahoo.com or go to SPPRAK on Facebook. Grubb can be contacted at 812-240-7307.

SPPRAK has been implemented in Vigo County schools; students post sticky notes on a banner, and the notes point to something kind done by another student.

SPPRAK has applied for 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, Heng said.