KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – More than 200 students in Lenoir County remain displaced by Hurricane Matthew, forcing them to stay in neighboring counties until FEMA finds their families a permanent place to live while their homes are repaired.
A federal law requires the district to provide transportation for displaced students.
For now, four buses transport students living in Greenville, New Bern, Goldsboro, and Beulaville every morning; picking students up and taking them to their normal school.
“We are a community,” said Chaka Hunter, teaching assistant and bus driver for Lenoir County Public Schools. “We are a unit, and we are there for their kids.”
Hunter was asked to drive the bus to and from Greenville and she immediately said yes because she said she realized how crucial it is for students to have consistency.
“This is the community they built and grown to love,” said Hunter. “So being able to transport them from Pitt County to Lenoir County gives them a sense of stability.”
Many parents agree and said it’s something they couldn’t do unless the bus was available.
The buses will continue picking up students in neighboring counties until there isn’t a need.