In September, Craven County was devastated by the winds and flooding of Hurricane Florence. Many homes, businesses, and schools were damaged. All schools were closed for weeks as Craven County School officials made repairs to return students safely to school. Graham A. Barden Elementary School (GAB) students returned to school on October 16th, 2018. Although the inside of the school was cleaned and repaired, the outside grounds still needed a little tender love and care. To improve the grounds, GAB held a School Beautification Day on Saturday, March 30th. With the help of many students, parents, community businesses, and staff, the school was able to beautify the campus. This included the planting of new trees, raking the grounds and clearing of old debris. Volunteers revitalized the school entrance with new flowers, mulch, and yard décor. The school could not have done this without the partnership of the following businesses:
Lowes of New Bern for donating 65 bags of red mulch, 20 bags of soil, 5 little hand shovels, 2 big shovels, 9 pairs of gloves, and 26 packs of marigolds and petunias. They also delivered everything to the school for free; Lowes of Morehead City donated a $100 gift card and free stepping stones, Ebron’s Small Engine Repair of Havelock donated four yards of red mulch, Tractor Supply donated lots of flower seeds and 4 flowering trees, and Rice’s Rent-a-land of Havelock donated the usage of a garden tiller. The school grounds have been restored to its original beauty. Part of Craven County School’s vision recites “invites all students, their families, and all members of the community to work together to support public education to the benefit of our students, our community, our nation and our world.” It is amazing what can happen when the school and community partner together for education!