Oakwood School collects donations for flood-stricken Princeville Elementary School

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PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Several feet of water flooded Princeville Elementary School after Hurricane Matthew and was closed for more than two weeks.

Now, students from another school in the east are helping the Princeville Panthers get back on their feet.

The temporary home of the elementary school is now a building in Tarboro that used to be a school, but is now a family resource center, at least before the flood.

Thursday, students from The Oakwood School in Greenville visited Princeville to get to know the students they've spent weeks collecting money and donations for.

Some students read to the Princeville students, others planted flowers outside and unloaded the busloads of donations they brought with them.

Younger students stayed behind at The Oakwood School, which was essentially closed for the Day of Service, as all students and staff organized, sorted, boxed and loaded clothes, shoes, books, furniture and all sorts of other items to give to Princeville Elementary School and the families affected by the flooding.

"We have about 65 children who lost everything, that are displaced, that are now wondering when the voucher runs out, the FEMA voucher, which is this weekend for some families, what's their next step, will there be an extension, will we be homeless, there are so many uncertainties," explains Principal Annette Walker with Princeville Elementary School.

The Oakwood School is helping with as much as they can, donating hundreds of boxes full of clothing for men, women and children, chairs, books and school supplies for the school, non-perishable food.

Teachers and students couldn't bring anything with them from the flooded school to their temporary home because of mold and damage concerns.

Right now, the county is working to determine what is salvageable from the school and how much construction needs to be done before the building can reopen.

Families will be able to come and shop through the donated goods in the coming weeks. A date for that has not yet been decided, but the school will make sure families know when it is.