FAST NC Releases Recovery Funds Application, Coordinates Non-Monetary Relief Efforts
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs and Policy Manager
The State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced Tuesday the “Florence Aid to Students and Teachers” (FAST NC) application is now available to impacted school districts. The applications are being shared with the 34 counties declared federal disaster areas, as well as with district superintendents and charter schools via email. Employees in NC public schools, charter schools, and public school districts may apply for recovery funds, and each application must be signed by the applicant’s principal/school leader and LEA superintendent or public charter school board chair. “Applications will be considered in cycles, and the first round of applications will be due on or before Nov. 16, 2018,” according to an email from DPI. Applications for the second round of funding will be received from Nov. 17 through Nov. 30, 2018, and further application cycles will be announced later. Schools can access the application online from FAST NC’s website by clicking here.
In addition to raising almost $45,000 through the NC Education Fund, FAST NC has also coordinated non-monetary donations for impacted schools and classrooms. Over 2,000 calculators have been donated so far, and several schools have planned school supply drives through FAST NC. According to DPI, an elementary school in La Jolla, California, sent a box of school supplies, along with notes from the kindergarteners who collected the supplies, to NCDPI. State Superintendent Mark Johnson handed out the supplies to students at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County on Nov. 5th, the first day the students were back in school since Hurricane Florence hit the state. First Book, a non-profit member network of educators which provides books and other educational resources to students in need, also donated 10,000 new books to FAST NC’s recovery efforts.
The North Carolina Teacher Voice Network, an affiliate of educational services non-profit Hope Street Group, has also coordinated a book distribution drive — “Turning The Page on Hurricane Florence” —through FAST NC to provide new books to the 600,000 K-12 students who live in storm-affected areas across NC. Those interested in participating in the book drive may directly purchase books on teacher wish lists by clicking here. Participants can get involved in the drive in various other ways as well, including hosting a collection site, raising awareness through social media, or contacting publishers and authors to request book donations. For more information on the “Turning The Page on Hurricane Florence” book drive, please click here.