Former School Board Member Gets Unexpected Home Improvement

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Children are giving back to a woman in Greenville who has given so much to kids. This week they're repainting 's Greenville home as a thank you for her years of community service. Kids from Charlotte and Raleigh are in the east this week giving Gorham's home a little TLC. It's a special gift for the special woman who lives here.

"I didn't send for it. God sent it to me," said Gorham.

These helping hands are painting Lucielle Gorham's home. She's a champion of children and education in Pitt county.

"I'm very grateful, and I can't express how wonderful it is to have somebody come and help me make the corner pleasing to the community," said Gorham.

Thanks to the Grifton Mission Ministries and their fund raising efforts, the volunteers don't have to pay for the trip, and "Miss Lucille" doesn't have to pay for the labor or supplies. These young volunteers say it's a great way to spend the summer.

"You get thanks. You get a feeling that's indescribable. This is a fun thing to do. It's not that I haven't complained, but it's just a rewarding experience, and it's something I feel like every kid would be OK doing," said volunteer Liz Breisacher.

The adults involved say they get a lot out of it too.

"I 've been doing this for 3 years. I come here every Monday . I come on Friday. It's the best job I ever had, and I don't get paid a cent," said tearful volunteer JD Klapp of Fayettville's Grifton Mission Ministry.

Gorham served for 14 years on the Pitt County School Board. She was the first African American woman on the board back in 1969.


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  • by Colette Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    It is simply wonderful that Channel 7, recognized that there are still good hearted people in America who are not out rip good people off. Ms. Lucille you are so deserving of this honor and blessed. I love you!!!
  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    Finally a great story that has a happy and moral resolve.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    It's a nice thing those volunteers are doing. Did my eyes deceive me? At the 1 minute 2 second mark of the video above, there was a volunteer using a ladder for a walk board on a scaffold and not having any fall protection harness on. Looks very scary, hope nobody gets injured.
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      by jeff on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:06 AM in reply to Chris
      Chris...just to clarify, that is not a ladder but a walkboard being used. The only volunteers on scaffolding and walkboards were adults, and while no, we didn't use fall harnesses, we all understood the risk we were assuming on this job. Disclaimer...that is my son on walkboard you referred to...he is in college.
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