Local museum open for kids during Wednesday’s teacher rally


We are just days away from the “March for Students Rally for Respect.” Pitt County school parents are in a time crunch to make plans for their kids being out of school Wednesday.

While teachers are preparing to rally this week, many parents are still preparing plans for their kids having the day off.

“On Wednesday they will be at work with me,” said Crystal Spain, a student’s parent, “I work at a daycare so they will be with me all day Wednesday.”

Pitt County Schools announced less than a week ago they would be closing all schools this Wednesday in support of the teachers headed to Raleigh. Parents are working quickly to call in relatives and babysitters to watch their children.

“I got to find a sitter for Wednesday,” said Monica McNeal, a student’s parent, “because I just found out about it. I guess the rally is for them trying to get up funding and I think that’s fine but I think they should have chosen it on a different day instead out of the blue.”

Andre Dawson says he is fortunate to have Wednesday off work to be with his kids and he says he in full support of the teachers.

“You have to stand up for what you believe in so if that’s what you have to do you know,” said Andre Dawson, a student’s parent, “it affects our kids, if it helps our kids then I have no problem with it.”

Non-profit organization “A Time for Science” is holding a day camp on Wednesday to help parents out. Kids will spend the day learning about and playing in nature. Kids can be dropped off at 7:30 a.m. and picked up at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s all about supporting our teachers,” said Emily Garvis, Executive Director of A Time for Science, “not only our teachers but our parents and especially our kids. So what we’re doing is giving them the opportunity to come out and continue that education Wednesday but to have a little fun as well.”

For parents still looking for plans for their kids “A Time for Science” still has time for registration.

You can register your child here.

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