Robin Dziedzic is a 5th grade Language Arts teacher at Briarwood Elementary in Moore, Okla., one of two schools destroyed by the May 20 tornado. Photos and videos of her reuniting students with parents have been circulating across the Internet and shared again and again on Facebook.
She is one of many teachers whose car was swept away at Briarwood. A single mother of two on a teacher's income, she had only liability insurance on her '98 Honda Civic. [UPDATE--She found it. 3rd photo in the gallery is it--the upside-down black one. Also, she bought a new 2013 Honda Civic this week 7/16! It's the first photo in the gallery. All donations are going to the loan she took out.] She was not financially prepared to have to go buy a new car right now. She would NEVER in a million years ask for help--I am doing this because I love her and she's been my friend since 4th grade. She would do anything to help any friend, student or fellow teacher. She is an amazing mother, teacher, friend, daughter, sister and aunt. All who know her are only thankful she and her kids (both her own and all of her students) made it out of Briarwood safely. Her home is essentially intact and she is grateful.
For all the people who know and care about her, and everyone who's posted to her Facebook telling her they would like to help her, THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP!
For those who don't know Robin, please join in helping an amazing person. Of course there are MANY others much worse off. But she is a real person with two kids and no car now.
She is a graduate of Arkansas City High School & Cowley County Community College (Ark City, Kan.); Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kan.) All you Bulldogs, Tigers and Gorillas, Kansans, Oklahomans, fellow teachers, friends, you name it--let's help Robin at least scrape up a down payment!
This story from ABC's Diane Sawyer program is hard to watch, but shows interview with Robin and her cell video of during and after the tornado. Unbelievable and scary. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/oklahoma-tornado-stories-heroism-bravery-19237764
From this she was 1 of several teachers honored by ABC as their "Persons of the Week." http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/persons-week-oklahoma-teachers-19253983
Robin was interviewed by Anderson Cooper for CNN.Visit:
An incredible article was on Page 1 of the Wichita Eagle newspaper. The online version, including Robin's cell videos, are at: http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/23/2816336/moore-teacher-an-ark-city-native.html#disqus_thread
Thank you KAKE News-Wichita for your story on this Kansas native! http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Kansas-Native-Teacher-Tell-Story-Of-Survival-After-Moore-Tornado-208601151.html
This link is to another video made right after the tornado--it shows Robin (in blue top) and other Briarwood teachers and parents gathering and calming children. http://newsok.com/multimedia/video/2397483073001
Robin makes updates on her Facebook page as she has time. She's been helping the Briarwood students and others affected by the tornado. Her page is: https://www.facebook.com/robin.dziedzic?fref=ts
Please message me via Facebook with any questions/concerns.THANK YOU so much!
Melissa Lacey Nagy (Wichita, Kan.)https://www.facebook.com/melissalaceynagy