When we survey our readers about what we should cover more, far and away the most frequently mentioned topic is the Durham Public Schools.
Last Saturday at a small business Pop-up Market at Durty Bull Brewing on Broadway, I met Carrie Richardson Fry, owner of CR2F. She is one of the two Durham Public School Moms behind a “Red for Ed” t-shirt Campaign to support North Carolina teachers that raised more than $10,000. She and her friend Amy Dillon both have children at Forest View Elementary, part of the Durham Public Schools system.
Their original goal was to sell 72 shirts. They sold over 900. Proceeds were donated to local organizations buying and packing food to send home with Durham Public School’s students on subsidized lunch programs.
Had local organizations not stepped in that day, many children would have gone hungry.
The friends say the idea was sparked by a meeting Dillon had attended about how to ensure that kids who receive free and reduced price meals would be fed when the district closed schools on May 16.
The team also made a donation to Community Alliance for Public Education to provide supplies for teachers who demonstrated in Raleigh on May 16.
Dillon said, “We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the cause.”
They are not done.
Our support for public education must be steadfast and constant.
In this case, however, Dillon and Richardson Fry are on deadline.
They have until June 1st to save the Durham Public School system up to $103,000 with your help.
They are continuing the “Red for Ed” campaign. Their goal is to pay down the Durham school lunch debt, an effort started by Rebekah Miel on behalf of James Keaten in November 2017. When last checked, the GoFund Me site was $70,000 of its way to the goal of $103,000.
If the school lunch debt is not paid down by June 1, this $103,000 will be taken from the general Durham Public School budget.
We encourage you to get behind this worthy cause, Durham.
June 1st is only days away. Dillon and Frye are donating the proceeds from T-shirts emboldened with the “I Support NC Teachers” message, as well magnets, stickers, mugs, art prints, and tote bags with messages like “Those Who Care, Teach” and other designs that show support for public schools to the GoFundMe Campaign.
The t-shirts, which were all over the rally in Raleigh on the 16th, are only $18.
All the options are here.