Updated 08/16/2012 08:45 PM
Eastern NC School for the Deaf showing gratitude to community
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WILSON — One of North Carolina's specialized residential schools is showing their gratitude to the community.
The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson held a ceremony Thursday to honor those who have fought to keep the school open. Nearly one year ago, the school and two other schools were threatened to close due to budget cuts. Advocates for the school were given plaques and standing ovations.
“They have sacrificed their time, their effort their energy, but it's more than that it's a desire to see things change,” said Interim Director Carter Bearden.
In the audience, alum and teacher Brenda Alrich, was one of many who felt the need to come out and express how thankful she is to the community.
"There's really no words that can describe how appreciative me and many of our students and our staff are for their support," said Alrich.
Also at the ceremony, State Superintendent June Atkinson announced Bearden will soon become the school's director. Students will come back to campus to start school next week