Local schools need food donations ahead of teacher rally

(Ashley Boles, NewsChannel 12 photo)

In just three days more than 350 teachers from Pitt County Schools will head to Raleigh for the "March for Students Rally for Respect."

Pitt County announced last Tuesday that Wednesday, May 16th, will be a teacher work day, as it would be impossible to find enough substitute teachers to cover for the teacher absences.

While some students are excited for the break from school, no school creates a burden for some families especially when it comes to meals.

"We're just trying to make sure that these kids who while we're away on Wednesday are blessed with food to take care of them as well, " said Beth Smith. She's a third grade teacher at Wintergreen Primary and is trying to make sure all of her kids are taken care of.

That's why she's helping out with Blessing Bags - a bag of food a child who depends on school meals can take home. Inside it will have a enough food for breakfast and lunch with items such as granola bars, a can of vegetables, fruit, and a juice box.

"We're teaching our kids to give through kindness, to take care of their community and take care of their friends and we're creating these bags Tuesday afternoon to send home with children on Wednesday." said Smith.

Wintergreen Primary is not the only school participating. According to Smith, Ridgewood Elementary and Eastern Elementary are also collecting items to make similar bags.

Wintergreen is asking parents to bring all donations into school by tomorrow so the items can be sorted and distributed. While each grade at Wintergreen was assigned a certain item, Smith says any food donation is helpful.

Several local churches are also getting involved.

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