Richlands Elementary Students, Teachers Work Around Hurricane Damage

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

One school in the east didn't let hurricane damage stop them from having classes, but they had to do some major reorganization.

Richlands Elementary School has floor tiles ripped up, insulation scattered in some rooms, soggy ceiling tiles that have fallen out, and holes in the roof. Eight classrooms and the cafeteria have severe storm damage. So bad in fact, after only 2 days of returning to school after the hurricane, teachers had to relocate to avoid leaks and debris. Art teacher Justus Pinkey had to give up her classroom and move to a mobile classroom.

"I lost the classroom, yes. It's okay. I'm on a cart, but we're still doing the same fun activities- just at their desks," said Pinkey.

With the cafeteria out of commission, students now go through the lunch line in a back hallway of the school and eat in classrooms.


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  • by Mother of 3rd Grader Location: Richlands on Sep 14, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    Very upset! Were 2 weeks into September and still no classrooms, Children are scattered allover the school and cramped together to try and learn. They are still eatting cold sandwitches everyday!( Turkey or Ham) Not to mention they are sitting on the ground out side while eatting lunch. Come on Onslow County people at the jail even recive a warm meal.
  • by APPROVED on Sep 7, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    Sounds like some good people to me.Not sitting around whinning and waiting for the govt,tax payers to do everything for them.They definitely are not from new orleans or chicago.
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