At Blue Ridge Elementary School, students participate in the Leader in Me program. This program not only encourages students to take responsibility for themselves, but to help those in need. Recently the BRES family reached out to support and encourage Hurricane Matthew victims at West Lumberton Elementary in Lumberton, North Carolina. When the Blue Ridge students heard that children in the eastern part of the state had no books to read due to the flooding of their school, they held a book drive led by Media Coordinator Tonya Denny. “It’s not food, it’s not water and it’s not clothing, but books hold their own importance in the development of a child," stated Mrs. Denny. A total of 2,325 books were donated! Ashe County High School assisted in this effort, bringing the book total to just over 2500.
As a result of damages sustained from flooding, students and staff have been unable to return to their school. Approximately 95% of the student body sustained damage to their homes and were displaced. Many of the students and their families spent time in shelters before moving into local hotels or with family members in other parts of the county.
Delivery of the books was coordinated by Amy Walker, Director of Technology & Media for Ashe County Schools over Thanksgiving break. Tara Bullard, Principal at West Lumberton Elementary School, expressed her appreciation saying, “The students and staff of West Lumberton Elementary School would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the amazing donation of books that you all sent to us. Our students are excited and anxious about being able to check out and read so many new books.”
Blue Ridge Elementary, Ashe County High and the Ashe County Central Support Services wish the students and families of West Lumberton Elementary continued recovery.