GCS Joins Forces with Community Partners to Support Tornado Relief Efforts

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2018

Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

GCS Joins Forces with Community Partners to Support Tornado Relief Efforts
Cash donations can be made through the
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Greensboro, N.C. – Following the severe weather on Sunday afternoon, Guilford County Schools (GCS) employees have joined forces with local faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations and community residents to support families impacted by the severe weather and assist with relief efforts.

“Getting our students back in school so they can continue learning is our number one priority,” said Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D. “We’re grateful for our community coming together and galvanizing support for relief efforts so that we can get our students back in the classroom.”
More than 20,000 Greensboro residents were left without electricity and many buildings and homes were destroyed. The National Weather Service confirmed that the EF-2 tornado damaged areas in both Guilford and Rockingham counties.

Three GCS schools were so badly damaged that they will remain closed for the remainder of the year. One school, McLeansville Elementary, remains without power today and likely will not have it restored until later this week. Plans are underway to relocate Erwin Montessori to Alamance Elementary, Hampton to Reedy Fork Elementary and Peeler to Bluford Elementary.

District officials continue to collaborate with the appropriate government and community partners to prepare for teaching and learning to resume.

Currently, there are two major ways to directly support GCS’ relief efforts:

1. Donate to Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro – click here to donate and select the “GCS Relief Fund.”

2. Donate school supplies to the Guilford Education Alliance (GEA) – contact GEA at 336-841-4332 or lcourts@guilfordeducatonalliance.org<mailto:lcourts@guilfordeducatonalliance.org>. Supplies will support the students and teachers relocating to other schools.
Other community organizations coordinating support are listed below:

1. The Volunteer Center is coordinating volunteer efforts and sharing up-to-date information about relief efforts. Call (336) 373-1633 or click here to visit their website

2. Interactive Resource Center is collecting bottled water, non-perishable food and household supplies.

3. Goodwill is collecting clothing and other household items.

In an effort to continue supporting students, GCS is operating interim feeding sites for school-aged students while schools are closed. Sites are listed below:

* Providence Baptist Church, 1106 Tuscaloosa St, Greensboro
* New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1105 Willow Road, Greensboro
* Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, 501 Yanceyville St, Greensboro
* Peck Elementary, 1601 W. Florida St., Greensboro
* Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Rd, Greensboro
* Andrews High, 1920 McGuinn Drive, High Point
* Ferndale Middle, 701 Ferndale Blvd., High Point
* Guilford Elementary, 920 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro
* Grimsley High, 801 Westover Terrace, Greensboro
* Swann Middle, 811 Cypress St., Greensboro
* Rankin Elementary, 1501 Spry St., Greensboro
* Windsor Community Center, 1601 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro
School officials are continuing to identify additional specific school needs and will share them with community partners in the near future.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

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