Helping Out

Beaufort Elementary School teachers and staff organized a two-day effort to get food to students and families in downtown Beaufort who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Principal Melissa Holland said that school staff used their personal vehicles to ferry meals and water from county distribution points to an apartment complexes where many families of Beaufort Elementary School live.  Those families had no power in their apartments and no transportation to purchase food.  In addition, St. Helena Episcopal Church prepared hot meals that were distributed by Beaufort Elementary staff.

After the church initiative was complete, Beaufort Elementary staff invited the Red Cross to send a truck to the school’s parking lot, where they distributed about 300 hot dinners to people who passed by in their cars.  The effort went so well that school staff worked a second day with the Red Cross to distribute 300 more hot lunches and 300 more hot dinners.

“I’m so proud of our staff,” Holland said.  “The way they put everything together and got it done was amazing.  They were just awesome.”

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