Where Princeville Elementary stands after Hurricane Matthew Eastern NC

As Princeville Elementary students settle in at the Bridgers building in nearby Tarboro, the building that was filled with storm water from Hurricane Matthew in late October remains empty. The ruined furniture, decorations, books, and materials have been removed. The damaged drywall has been cut out. The entire building has been dried.… Full story »

Leading through the storm Eastern NC

During John Farrelly’s time as superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) — since 2012 — he’s learned to expect anything. But then he found himself on a boat with the National Guard, floating through the streets, homes, and classrooms of Princeville. Seeing Hurricane Matthew’s damage, Farrelly said, is something he never could have expected or imagined.… Full story »

Surviving Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath day by day Eastern NC

Although it’s been over a month since Arlence Little and her family’s home was lost to flooding from Hurricane Matthew, their lives are still very much in limbo. Little and her four foster children are living with her friend just a couple houses down from their previous home, which has since been condemned.… Full story »

Princeville Elementary kids go back to school Eastern NC

A kindergarten classroom of 20 students has gone down to 18 for teacher Sheila Mayo-Deloatch at Princeville Elementary — which now meets in the Bridgers Building, a former elementary school and, more recently, office space and family resource center. Edgecombe County Schools spokesperson Susan Hoke said some students aren’t coming back to Princeville since families are moving away by choice or necessity after Hurricane Matthew displaced hundreds from their homes.… Full story »

Princeville students without homes or a school Eastern NC

“What kind of backyard is this?” asked Ja’Leah Whitehead, a seven-year-old Princeville resident, as she walked down partially flooded streets of Tarboro. “It’s more like a swimming pool!” She jumped over puddles and asked her older cousins, Jeremiah Sellers, 9, and Elijah Sellers, 12, for piggy-back rides. This, because it had to be, was their Friday.… Full story »

Understanding the election and the politics of othering Government

The election results are clear. People across North Carolina feel othered across any number of dividing lines. And we need them to feel tethered to a state they are proud to call home. Lesson learned. In the weeks leading up to the election, in speeches to groups like Teach for America’s Rural School Leaders Academy, I asked audiences to forget.… Full story »

Why we shouldn’t be scared to talk about suicide Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a five-part series examining youth suicide in North Carolina. Scenes in this series may be disturbing to some readers. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  As I sat down to write this week-long look at youth suicide in North Carolina, I could hear the admonitions.… Full story »

What parents should know about suicide Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a five-part series examining youth suicide in North Carolina. Scenes in this series may be disturbing to some readers. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. April Quick knew her oldest child, Ash Haffner, was struggling with mental health issues, gender identity, and bullying at school — but she didn’t expect Ash to die by suicide on a snowy February night last year.… Full story »

Out of balance Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the third in a five-part series examining youth suicide in North Carolina. Scenes in this series may be disturbing to some readers. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Kelly Lister’s job title has changed, but her mission is the same: Keeping Wake County public school students and employees safe.… Full story »

At greater risk Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the second in a five-part series examining youth suicide in North Carolina. Scenes in this series may be disturbing to some readers. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The summer before Ash Haffner died by suicide, Ash and April Quick, Ash’s mom, attended Charlotte’s annual Pride parade.… Full story »