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Lee County students, Church reach out to Bladen County students

By Erin Smith

The students at Elizabethtown Middle School received a generous gift from their counterparts at West Lee Middle School in Sanford and were also treated to turkey baskets by Baldwin Branch Church. Many Bladen County students and their families have been impacted by Hurricane Florence.

“I was contacted after the hurricane by a counselor in Sanford,” said Elizabethtown Middle School’s Guidance Counselor Jessica Eason.

Debbie White, the Guidance Counselor at West Lee Middle School, had reached out to Eason to see what her students’ needs were following Hurricane Florence.

“Some of our families have lost their homes,” said Eason.

She said White and her students collected school supplies and one individual went so far as to donate gift cards to help the students and their families at Elizabethtown Middle School.

“We were very appreciative and it meant a lot to us,” said Eason.

She said when she worked in Sampson County, her students there, reached out to a school in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Eason said witnessing students helping other students is “a great thing.”

For Thanksgiving, the students and their families were also remembered. Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church donated a turkey and all the fixings to over a dozen families. Members of the church, led by Pastor Dr. Louie Boykin, dropped off Turkeys and Turkey baskets just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

“Elizabethtown Middle School couldn’t be more thankful for such caring community members who strive to make the lives of our students better,” said Eason. 



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