Funds raised by the North Carolina Education Lottery are going to help schools impacted by Hurricane Florence. More than 130 schools are still closed due to damage from the storm, and 90,000 students are out of class until repairs can be made.
To help in the relief efforts, Governor Roy Cooper directed $25 million in lottery funds to be used to repair K-12 public schools.
Many of the affected school districts are out money and need financial help to fix roofs, flooring, and replace furniture. Schools in Brunswick, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson counties will be the first priority.
Federal disaster funds will reimburse part of the money, but by making the transfer now, schools will be able to speed up the recovery process.
Every year the lottery raises over $650 million for education in the state. Lawmakers decide how and when that money is used.
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