Students at one Johnston County school were spared the worst of Hurricane Florence’s fury but they knew others weren’t so lucky. They took advantage of their own good fortune and used their own resources to help fellow students in another county who were not so lucky.
Several students at Meadow School gathered Friday morning at the school while many of their classmates were sleeping late or otherwise enjoying a day off from classes.
They met to pack goods in buckets that were scheduled to be delivered to Union Elementary School in Sampson County. Many students at that school suffered extensive damage from the storm and are now struggling to recover.
The students quickly formed an assembly line on the gym floor, loading an assortment of nonperishable foods, water, cleaning supplies and other needed items into the buckets. Those buckets will then be delivered to the Sampson County school.
Teacher Susan Brown helped organize the effort along with other staff members. She said she was proud of the students who stepped up to help.
“This is awesome that they want to do this,” she said. “They first thing they did after the storm was to ask how they could help.”
She said she thinks the volunteer work helps the students grow.
“It makes them so much more compassionate,” Mrs. Brown said. “I also think it makes them better people.”
Student Dawson Anderson was helping pack rolls of paper towels.
“I want to help people who are in need,” Dawson said. “We have a lot of things here that people where the storm hit don’t have.”
Eighth-grader Jordan Brown helped coordinate the effort.
“I know people in Goldsboro where it flooded so I know how bad it was,” Jordan said. “They need a lot of things and we wanted to help them.”