Disaster Preparedness is a School Funding Issue

Greetings GCAE and GCS employees-

First, let me offer my deep gratitude for the ways you have shown up in the past few days to help our friends, neighbors, students, and colleagues in the disaster response stemming from Sunday’s tornado. We now know that the students and staff from the three most severely affected schools: Hampton Elementary, Peeler Elementary, and Erwin Montessori will be relocated to Reedy Fork, Bluford, and Alamance Elementary schools respectively.

While we continue to assist in the community recovery, we are going to push ahead with our meeting  this Thursday, April 19 at Smith High School. This disaster makes clearer than ever the need for full funding for all of our public schools. While we have no control over natural disasters, it is undeniable that a lack of school funding contributed heavily to extent of the devastation. High numbers of mobile units, aging roofs, and poor drainage were all contributing factors to the destruction. Properly funded, the devastation did not need to be this bad.

RSVP for Thursday’s Meeting.
All GCS employees invited.

To that end we will meet, collect donations for our schools, students, and families, and continue our mobilization to go to Raleigh on May 16 for the opening of the NC General Assembly. While East Greensboro is in crisis from the tornado, we need to send a message loud and clear that our schools are being funded at crisis levels on a continual basis. It is time we say, “Enough!”

At 6 pm we will transition to a Public Education Town Hall and welcome NCAE President Mark Jewell and other panelists to talk about the crisis of public school funding and the resources our schools so desperately need. There will be time for Q and A from the audience to ask about specific school needs and next steps.

We will be collecting donations for tornado victims and their schools. Please bring any of the following:

  • School Supplies
  • Gift Cards
  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Bottled Water
  • Tarps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Blankets
  • Phone Chargers

I see you all over our beautiful community making it happen for those that need it the most. Thank you.

See you Thursday at Smith!

Todd Warren
President, Guilford County Association of Educators

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GCAE Members volunteering at the Interactive Resource Center organizing donations and supplies for delivery for communities impacted by the tornado.

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