State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson and State Budget Director Charles Perusse will visit Pinkston Street Elementary School in Henderson at 10:30 a.m. on September 16 to donate school supplies for Vance County Schools.
“The average teacher in North Carolina spends over $500 in out-of-pocket expenses each year,” said Director Perusse. “We are excited to provide a bit of relief to the financial burden of providing quality education in Vance County.”
Employees from the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources and the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management collected 16 boxes of school supplies to donate to Vance County Schools. Supplies included notebooks, crayons, pencils, cleaning supplies and more.
“Investing in the children of North Carolina’s education is the best way to invest in the future of our state,” said Director Gibson. “We are honored to help support the hardworking, dedicated educators in shaping that future.”
Vance County School District has approximately 5,000 students and 800 employees. Vance County Schools is a Community Eligible Provision district, where all students receive free breakfast and lunch, according to the Vance County Schools Director of Communications Aarika Sandlin. Just under eight percent of students are English language learners. There are currently 131 state employees working in Vance County.
Following a tour of the facility with Vance County Schools leadership and Pinkston Street Elementary School Principal Canecca Mayes, Director Gibson will read a book to a group of students and both Directors will visit the Center for Innovation. The Center for Innovation is a shared campus to promote innovation and future-readiness, according to the Vance County Schools website.