Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
A connection between a Rippon Middle School teacher on special assignment and a middle school in Hurricane Florence’s path in North Carolina has led to a partnership. Ryan Pelkey taught for five years at Northwoods Park Middle School in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and he wants to help. Northwoods Park Middle is part of the Onslow County School District.
“This school was hit hard by Hurricane Florence, and to be honest, the full extent of the damage will not be fully known for a while,” he said. “Many areas are still without power, without hope, but with a ton of water all around them.”
Pelkey said social media has kept him connected to teachers and students at Northwoods Park Middle School. He said pictures of the school show extreme water damage and a destroyed gym. He added that he has connected with the assistant principal at Northwoods, who is excited to hear that Rippon is willing to help.
“I would like to see Rippon Middle School be a light for a school in need,” Pelkey said. “There are hundreds of people in that county now who do not have homes and thousands of students who do not currently have a school to walk into.”
Pelkey kicked off the collaboration with Northwoods Park Middle during Rippon’s back to school night, asking for gift cards. The school has initiated a stuff-the-backpack drive to fill backpacks with gift cards. He added he would like to see other schools in Prince William County develop partnerships and help additional schools within Onslow County.
“The road ahead is a long one, but if we can part of the solution, let’s do it,” he said.
If you are interested in donating a gift card, or for more information, contact Pelkey at [email protected].