Princeville Elementary students return to class Thursday in temporary location

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper tours Princeville Elementary's temporary location

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Princeville Elementary students will return to class Thursday in Tarboro.

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper toured the school’s temporary location today.

“The Princeville school … was a safe haven for a lot of kids in the community, and I think that we’ll be able to create that safe haven for the kids,” said Jenee Brewer, an exceptional children teacher and the school’s teacher of the year.

It’s where more than 200 students will be for at least the rest of this school year after Princeville Elementary was severely damaged during flooding.

While in Edgecombe County, Cooper planned to talk to the Sheriff about storm scams related to repairs.

He said the Attorney General’s Office has received about 170 price gouging complaints statewide after Hurricane Matthew.

That’s compared to about a thousand during the gas shortage last month.

After the storm, Cooper says kids returning to class is a positive step.

“It’s just a great feeling to see this rebirth here in Edgecombe County. There’s still a long way to go, a lot of repairs that have to be made, a lot of decisions have to be made, but at least we can get these kids back in school doing what they should be doing.”

Most students from Princeville Elementary are at the converted Family Resource Center in Tarboro, but some are at other spots too.

School leaders say regardless of where they are, they’re living the school’s motto — “The Power of One.”

“It takes all of us to make this happen,” said principal Annette Walker. “It’s going to be a long road, and we will have to continue to experience that ‘Power of One.’ I’m really pushing that power because we all need that to get our families back to a good place.”

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