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Together Rising Helps Spread Holiday Cheer

Thank You Together Rising for Showering Craven County Schools With Great Kindness

On December 21, 2021, district leaders had a wonderful opportunity to spread holiday cheer with a special surprise made possible through the generosity of Together Rising, a non-profit organization based out of New York, founded by author, Glennon Doyle. Together Rising donated $100 Amazon gift cards to the district for distribution to ALL Craven County Schools employees.

We are so thankful that Together Rising acknowledged the challenges our employees have encountered for nearly two years due to the pandemic. Not only have our employees been present but they have gone above and beyond to ensure our students have the best learning possible. After an abrupt but necessary pivot to virtual learning, most taught through a screen for an entire school year. Now that we are back in school, our staff is shouldering the responsibility of protecting themselves and their students from exposure to COVID. Across our district, navigating these ever-changing circumstances has been extremely stressful.

Because of committed educators, Together Rising identified teachers as essential staff during this time and selected six school districts across the nation to celebrate during the holidays. Craven County Schools was proudly one of the six and the only school system in the state of North Carolina chosen.

To say our school staff was appreciative is a huge understatement. School custodians, school nutrition workers, school counselors,  classroom teachers, school nurses, as well as administrators, just to name a few, were overwhelmed with the kindness that was shown to them by Together Rising. One custodian held back the tears as he explained, “Are you sure this is for me? This will mean so much for me and my family, especially during the holidays!”

Thank you so much to Together Rising for truly blessing our district and for especially acknowledging the work of our committed and dedicated employees. Together we are #CCSUnited.

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To view the images from the delivery to all employees click here.