Greenville students help Princeville school’s Matthew recovery

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PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Students from Oakwood Elementary in Greenville spent Thursday helping Princeville Elementary School in Edgecombe County get back on its feet after it sustained damage during Hurricane Matthew.

“I just think that if I were in need, I would really appreciate it if someone were to help me,” said Cami Saverino, an Oakwood student.

After hearing about the devastation Matthew caused to Princeville Elementary, Oakwood’s athletic director Amy Gardner said she knew she had to help.

“I went to our headmaster, Mr. Peterson, and said we’ve got a school that’s in need and that’s where it started,” said Gardner.

So students and teachers took a break from classes to hold a service day at Princeville and lend a helping hand.

Princeville Principal Annette Walker says today means more than just service.

“People care,” said Walker. “There are still good people in the world, and we want what’s best for children.”

Plus, her kids get to experience some out-of-classroom learning.

“When you’re going through things, you don’t sit by and watch other people do the work,” Walker said. “You get your hands dirty, and you work your way through your situation. So we think it’s a double win.”

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