GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Since Hurricane Matthew hit eastern North Carolina, there have been stories involving disasters, destruction, and devastation.
There have been stories of compassion, courage, and a community coming together as families work to recover.
And now, Pitt County Schools is working to make sure students are taken care of in this week’s Positively Carolina.
“Because I’ve experienced Floyd and now the aftermath of Matthew, I know that it takes years for people to really rebuild and some people will be having to rebuild from the bottom up,” explained Cassandra Campbell, lead social worker for Pitt County Schools. She’s working to make sure all Pitt County students are able to return to normalcy after the storm. The school system is collecting supplies for kids that may have lost items due to flooding. “The immediate needs are the things that any child would need to go to school and be comfortable.”
The idea is to get back to a state of normalcy as quickly as possible.
Pitt County Schools is looking for a little of everything.
“Underwear, socks, uniforms, shoes,” commented Campbell. “And we’re about to experience the cold weather, so soon we will be needing coats and hats as well.”
The counselors are also working on addressing the students and families personal state as well. Campbell said many of the people currently experiencing loss as adults experienced a similar situation during Hurricane Floyd.
“When working with people that have experienced hardships like these, we have to take into account what they have been through,” said Campbell, who’s asking anyone who has not been in touch with their school to call immediately so they can help if possible. “Please call your school because we want to know where you are so we can assist you.”
Pitt County Schools is collecting donations and money to buy supplies as needed because of little storage space at their facility.
The schools north of the Tar River are holding an event on Saturday to collect items. You can find that information here.