While we ride out these tough economic times, there are some out there who have been struggling their whole lives.
That's the case for children in one Nash County community in the east.
Williford Elementary Principal Sandra Farmer has been shaping young minds for years, but says the last 6 years at Williford has been her greatest challenge.
Many of her students come from economically distressed homes and nearly all of them receive free or reduced lunches.
But the students behave like respectful adults, despite their difficult circumstances.
Parents we talked to who send their children to Williford, say it puts their mind at ease, knowing their child is in good hands.