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Schools conducting “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign

For Immediate Release
November 26, 2018
Contact:  Todd Hagans
               Chief Communications Officer
Office:  (704) 866-6118
Cell:     (704) 718-0279
E-mail:  tthagans@gaston.k12.nc.us

Gaston County Schools to conduct “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign
Fundraising effort to support schools in eastern North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence

Gastonia, N.C. – Gaston County Schools is coordinating a district-wide effort to support schools in eastern North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence.


Nickels 4 Neighbors Campaign A fundraising campaign called “Nickels 4 Neighbors” will be conducted on Wednesday, November 28 at all schools in the district.  The central office departments also will participate.

Students, employees, parents, and others are asked to make a contribution of any monetary denomination – it does not have to be just nickels – on Wednesday, November 28.  The goal is to have each school to collect $200.00 – the equivalent of 4,000 nickels.

Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker stated, “Our neighbors living in eastern North Carolina continue to need help as they try to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.  Many students and their families lost everything, including the essential items they need for school.  We are confident that Gaston County Schools will show the true spirit of caring and giving as we try to help schoolchildren in eastern North Carolina.”

Gaston County Schools will distribute the money to schools in eastern North Carolina with the greatest need.  The school districts will be identified once the funds are totaled.

Booker added, “We want to offer help to as many schools as possible.  If we collect a lot of money on Wednesday, we will be able to help several school districts.”

This is the third time that Gaston County Schools has conducted its “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign to help school districts affected by flooding. 

In 2015, more than $25,000 was collected for the schools in Clarendon and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina.  The two counties were among the hardest hit by flooding that occurred in October 2015.  In 2016, almost $22,000 was collected for schools in Edgecombe, Lenoir, Robeson, and Wayne counties after Hurricane Matthew devastated eastern North Carolina.