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Education Leaders Announce FAST NC Hurricane Relief Program

Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA

A bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders stood together on Tuesday at the State Department of Public Instruction to announce the launch of “Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina” (FAST NC). FAST NC will utilize the existing NC Education Fund, created and maintained by the State Board of Education, to collect donations for public schools impacted by Hurricane Florence in an effort to speed up the recovery process for students and educators.

FAST NC Press Conference



FAST NC is working with local superintendents, charter school directors, and statewide associations, including the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), to identify needs and direct funding accordingly. NCASA’s two core affiliates – the NC School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) and the NC Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) – also are supporting FAST NC.





This effort is being led by a bipartisan steering committee, which will review requests submitted by educators and administrators and make decisions based on the needs of impacted communities. The steering committee for FAST NC includes:

  • June Atkinson, former State Superintendent
  • Eric Davis, State Board of Education Chairman
  • Henry Johnson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and former Mississippi State Superintendent
  • Mark Johnson, State Superintendent
  • Phil Kirk, former State Board of Education Chairman
  • Mike Ward, former State Superintendent

NCASA was proud to join other partner organizations on Tuesday in support of launching FAST NC and the efforts being made to provide relief to schools and communities affected by Hurricane Florence. Dr. Glenda Jones, Assistant Superintendent for Cabarrus County Schools and NCASA’s President-Elect (shown above at left), represented the organization at the kickoff press conference. NCSSA Executive Director Jack Hoke (shown above center at microphone) and NCPAPA Assistant Executive Director Tracy McBride also participated at the kickoff.

If you would like more information on the FAST NC initiative, including ways to donate, please click here.


Elizabeth Yelverton