Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina - FAST NC - is an effort led by a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to help the state’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal following Hurricane Florence and its impact.

The steering committee for FAST NC is:

  • June Atkinson, former State Superintendent
  • Eric Davis, State Board of Education Chairman
  • Henry Johnson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and former Mississippi State Superintendent
  • Mark Johnson, State Superintendent
  • Phil Kirk, former State Board of Education Chairman
  • Mike Ward, former State Superintendent

FAST NC will take donations through the existing NC Education Fund. FAST NC will work with local superintendents, charter school directors, and statewide associations to identify needs and direct funding. The steering committee will make decisions about funding requests submitted from educators and administrators across the state that have the approval of the superintendent or charter school director.

Please note: The NC Education Fund is for individual donations. If you are a vendor or business, please contact to learn about how your organization can contribute funds.

To donate by check, please complete the form below and mail the check, payable to NC Education Fund, to:

NC Education Fund
State Board of Education
6336 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Donation Form
(docx, 74kb)

Current and former education leaders announce the FAST NC initiative on Sept. 25 in Raleigh. Left to right: Eric Davis, Henry Johnson, Phil Kirk, June Atkinson, Mike Ward, Mark Johnson.

Click here for resources on how to conduct your own school supply drive with FAST NC.

FAST NC leaders have worked hard since the storm to assemble a coalition of allies in their efforts. While this list will grow, current allies of the FAST NC effort are listed below.

Partner Organizations

  • American Association of School Administrators – Executive Director Dan Domenech
  • BEST NC - Brenda Berg, CEO
  • Book Harvest NC – Executive Director Ginger Young
  • Charlotte Rotary – Executive Secretary Sandy Osborne
  • Communities in Schools of North Carolina
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, North Carolina State Organization – President Connie Phifer Savell
  • East Carolina University College of Education – Dean Art Rouse
  • Eastern North Carolina District of the AME Zion Church - Bishop Kenneth Monroe; Presiding Elder Hanna Broome of the Dunn/Lillington District of the Central Conference
  • First Book - Chief Operating Officer Chandler Arnold
  • Hunt Institute - CEO Javaid Siddiqi
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals – Director Bob Farrace
  • National Association of State Boards of Education - CEO Kristen Amundson
  • NC Association of Public Charter Schools – Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham
  • NC MAST (North Carolina Math Alliance Supporting Teachers) - Executive Director Jennifer Curtis
  • North Carolina Association of Educators - President Mark Jewell
  • North Carolina Association of School Administrators - Executive Director Katherine Joyce; President-elect Glenda Jones
  • North Carolina Business Committee for Education - Executive Director Caroline Sullivan
  • North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Development Foundation - Board Chair Rich Schwartz
  • North Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Lewis Ebert, president and CEO
  • North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, C4C - Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – Executive Director Mark Michalko
  • North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children - Board Chair Sid Baker; Executive Director Marca Hamm
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities - President Hope Williams
  • North Carolina School Counselor Association - President Tim Hardin
  • North Carolina State University College of Education - Dean Mary Ann Danowitz
  • North Carolina Parent Teacher Association - Executive Director Catherine Peglow
  • North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association: Executive Director Shirley Prince
  • North Carolina School Boards Association - Executive Director Ed Dunlap
  • North Carolina School Superintendents Association - Executive Director Jack Hoke
  • Northeast Region Education Service Alliance - Director Dwayne Stallings
  • Northwest Region Education Service Alliance - Executive Director Don Martin
  • Participate – CEO David Young
  • Personnel Administrators of North Carolina – Past President Glenda Jones
  • Professional Educators of North Carolina - Executive Director Bill Medlin
  • Public School Forum of NC - Board Chair Tom Williams; President Keith Poston
  • Sandhills Region Education Consortium - Executive Director Jim Simeon
  • Southeast Education Alliance - Executive Director Kathy Spencer
  • Temple Beth Or - Rabbi Lucy Dinner
  • Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, C4C - Bishop Paul Leland

Qualified Education Institution letter from the N.C. Secretary of State
(pdf, 33kb)