N.C. A&T Faculty, Staff and Students Answer the Call with ‘Aggie Action Day’

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 26, 2018) – As East Greensboro continues to recover from tornadoes that swept through the area on April 15, the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University family is continuing its support with “Aggie Action Day,” Saturday, April 28. At 9 a.m., faculty, staff and students will meet at the Willow Oaks Community Center to volunteer with community clean-up and other relief work.

“As a land grant institution, it is a part of our mission to be engaged with our community. And, caring about our community is just something Aggies Do,” said Ray Trapp, N.C. A&T director of external relations. “We will continue to work strategically with the City of Greensboro to provide assistance for the tornado relief efforts for East Greensboro and we are in this for the long haul.”

This is an extension of support to the community from the Aggie family. Last week, more than 100 A&T faculty, staff and students volunteered to clear debris and help with property clean up. On Friday,  nearly 50 A&T faculty, staff and students packed three campus shuttles and a box truck with necessities that include food, water, blankets, clothing and toiletries donated by scores of Aggies across campus. Items were donated to Willow Oaks Community Center, the Interactive Resource Center and New Light Missionary Baptist Church.

The generosity of Greensboro residents and businesses has nearly filled warehouse space for supplies. Now the focus has turned to monetary donations to assist with relocating some residents or repairing their homes.

“Please consider contributing to the tornado relief funds set up by the United Way or Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, or signing up for a one of the many volunteer efforts,” said Chris Wilson, assistant city manager.

Monetary donations can be made through the Community Foundation of Greensboro’s East Greensboro Tornado Relief Funds webpage.

There was significant damage to three Guilford County Schools elementary schools: Peeler, Erwin Montessori and A&T’s partner school, Hampton. Students from the three schools have been temporarily relocated to Bluford Elementary, Alamance Elementary and Reedy Fork Elementary, respectively.

Because these schools suffered a great loss, school supplies are needed to help students and teachers better and more quickly acclimate to their new environments. To address those needs, supplies may be donated through the Guilford Education Alliance using guidance available on its website.