Hurricane Florence ripped through portions of Eastern North Carolina, dumping historic rainfall on Craven County. Thousands of homes were flooded.

As families rebuild, many will likely be unable to afford to replace school supplies lost due to the flooding.

“You feel kind of helpless. Because you think about your students, who are your family, and you’re like ‘What can I do to help?’” said Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year, Katy Chadwick.

Chadwick was born and raised in Craven County. She attended UNC Wilmington and began her teaching career in Craven County. She said, “People like Antoinette Boskey, an active community member, have been reaching out to me about how they can help, so Darlene Brown, executive director of PIE, and I put our heads together and said we need to do this for our students.”

Brown said, “We just held our Stuff the Bus event, so I guess we are re-stuffing our buses. So many of our students are homeless, and the best thing we can do for them is to get them back into a routine of attending school with the supplies they will need. PIE is pleased to support our teachers and our students.”

School supplies can be dropped off between 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the ABC Central Office, 3493 Martin Drive, New Bern, NC (loading dock available) or at Craven County Sheriff’s Office, 1100 Clarks Road, New Bern (contact Investigative Sgt. Mike Sawyer, or 252-636-6643 for drop off information).

You can also donate money on line at If you would like your supplies to be dedicated to a certain school, please indicate that in the comments section when you donate online. A school supply list can be found on the PIE website. Some suggested items are:

  • Backpacks
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • 4GB (or larger) flash drives
  • Pocket folders with brads (any color)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Blank copier paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches)
  • Graph paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches)
  • Notebook paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches)
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pencil bags
  • Blue, black, and red ink pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue bottles
  • Highlighters (any color)
  • Colored pencils (12-pack)
  • Colored markers (not permanent)
  • Rulers (30cm, wooden)
  • Index cards (3 inches by 5 inches, 100 count, lined)
  • Three-ring binders
  • Post-it notes
  • Pkgs. of dividers
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored construction paper
  • Clorox or Lysol wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer

For more information about this event, or how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at Visit the PIE website at to learn more about the programs offered by Partners In Education.

Partners In Education is the local educational foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

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