At least 40 school districts shut down for the rally in Raleigh Wednesday, affecting more than a million students.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County opened Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. to all its members.
A Time for Science in Grifton was also open for students who needed a place to go.
“We know it is challenging for parents to find childcare last minute like that,” said Samantha Eubanks, environmental educator for A Time for Science. “We know it is close to the end of the school year, so we want to keep that education going and make sure they are staying focused.”
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“We have been to the planetarium, and we watched a little movie,” said Jayden Hinson, a Creekside Elementary student.
“We have got fake duck eggs,” said Eubanks. “They are going to be wildlife biologists and go and test the duck eggs.”
Meanwhile, in Winterville, more than 90 children filled the Boys and Girls Club.
“Parents still have to go to work,” said Donvell Jones, chief financial officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County. “and so to have a safe place for them to trust us to take care of their young people, making sure they are involved in positive activities throughout this day, was very important to us.”
The center opened early at 7 a.m. for kids to enjoy the gym and computer lab.
Their five Pitt County locations served no less than 500 children Wednesday.
“I love the fact that we have a place where we can come and learn and stuff on a day off like this,” said Dajon Williams, a South Central High student.
While many Pitt students stayed in the East for their day off, some traveled with their parents from Greenville to Raleigh to support their teachers.
“When we as parents get involved as advocates, and when we get our children involved as advocates, then we can collectively make a difference,” said Kylene Dibble, a parent.
“I think they should know we are supporting them so that they can be stronger,” said Lilith Tuchmayer, a Wintergreen Intermediate student. “It means they care about the students in our classroom and other classrooms and all over the place.”
Day cares 9 On Your Side spoke with said they were full Wednesday as well..