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Carolina Panthers Charities and Bank of America Give $20,000 to Fairmont and Lumberton High Schools through Disaster Relief Grant

Fairmont High Principal Kent Prater and Lumberton High Principal Larry Brooks received a special kick-off to their new school year in the mail on Thursday in the form of a $20,000 check from the Carolina Panthers Charities and Bank of America. Both schools recently applied for disaster relief grants. The two PSRC Schools are among 17 high schools to receive the grants through a rolling application process. The grants are designed to assist high school athletic programs in the replacement or repair of equipment, supplies or athletic infrastructure lost or damaged during the storm.

Fairmont High School sustained damages to athletic equipment and the school’s (3) three scoreboards during Hurricane Florence. Fairmont High Athletic Director Michael Baker plans to purchase new score boards in addition to other athletic equipment if possible.

Lumberton High School was used as a shelter during Hurricane Florence. Some of the gymnasium floor mats were damaged during that time. Lumberton High School Athletic Director, Mackie Register said he plans to purchase athletic equipment and replace backboards and mats in the gymnasium. The Lumberton High Field House also sustained damages from leaks during and following the hurricane. The baseball concession stand also flooded. Lumberton High School also lost a great deal of money on gate receipts after Hurricane Florence.

Jerome Hunt, the Athletic Director for the Public Schools of Robeson County, said the storm impacted some of the athletic facilities district wide. “For the Carolina Panthers to start this hurricane relief fund to help some of the high schools out in N.C. really says a lot about their organization. We are pleased that Fairmont High and Lumberton High Schools were able to receive some of those funds to help them offset some of the cost that they may have incurred from the Hurricane. It is especially nice to see the grants go to a number of rural counties, which may have no other resources to replace equipment and facilities, which were damaged,” said Hunt.

The grant awards range from $3,000- $20,000. Funding decisions were made based on specific requests from schools with a focus on serving the greatest needs. The two schools plan to replace equipment, which was lost or damaged due to Hurricane Florence.