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FAST NC Raises $78K For Hurricane Recovery, First Round of Disbursements Announced

Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs and Policy Manager

Members of the FAST NC Steering Committee attended the monthly State Board of Education meeting on Thursday to provide Board members and the public with updates to FAST NC—Florence Aid to Students and Teachers.

FAST NC has raised an estimated $78,000 in private donations, according to former Assistant Secretary of Education and FAST NC Steering Committee Member Henry Johnson. The majority of these funds have been raised by over 30 partner organizations, including the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA). Secretary Johnson also noted the legislature approved last week a bill which allows the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to allocate an additional $350,000 from the State Public School Fund to the Education Fund. These funds would be used solely “to support the FAST NC initiative to assist the State’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal following Hurricane Florence and its impact.”

After Secretary Johnson presented updates on recovery funds raised, former State Board Chair and FAST NC Steering Committee Member Phil Kirk provided the Board with information on how the funds were already being put to good use. Kirk stated three disbursements from the first round of applications have already been reviewed and approved by the FAST NC and the State Board, including:

  • $14,000 to replace 35 K-2 instructional rugs
  • $14,000 to replace destroyed science supplies and materials in Onslow County
  • $14,000 for teachers and teacher assistants to replace instructional materials and supplies in Pender County

Kirk noted that the Steering Committee and the State Board also approved a second round of applications for recovery funds last week, and these funds are expected to be disbursed to impacted schools soon. While FAST NC will continue to receive donations, applications for Round 3 are due by December 14; applications for Round 4 will be open from December 15—January 11. 

For more information on FAST NC, including how to apply for school funds, or help in the fundraising effort, please visit the FAST NC website by clicking here.

Elizabeth Yelverton