High school students prepare 100 Thanksgiving meal boxes for those impacted by Florence


In Craven County, students in culinary arts classes at New Bern High School are making a difference for fellow Craven County Schools families impacted by Florence.

Thanks to the help of community partners like The Pierce Group and Food Lion, students are helping families have everything they need for their Thanksgiving meal.

Monday and Tuesday, around 60 culinary arts students prepared and delivered Thanksgiving meal boxes.

The boxes included macaroni, turkey mixings, gravy, vegetables and more.

They will feed 100 families.

 “It means a lot to be able to help those who are not with food or have damage to their house,” sophomore Cryteria Wiggins said.

While Wiggins was not heavily impacted by Florence, her classmate, Lilly Thomas, was.

“My house got flooded,” Thomas said. “The bottom level of my house was flooded.

Thomas is thankful for those who assisted her family during the storm, which is why she wants to help those still recovering.

Culinary Arts teacher Kevin Reese Sr. said he is speechless watching his students serve their community.

“We are able to give back to our friends, our teachers, students we are sitting in class with” Reese said. “We don’t necessarily know what people we go to school with have going on or people we work with what they have going on, but we know we are able to do something.”

The boxes were delivered to students and staff at New Bern High School, JT Barber Elementary School, Trent Park Elementary School and HJ MacDonald Middle School.

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