The NE Miles Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at the College of Charleston is inviting the campus community to help children in North Carolina move past the disruption of Hurricane Florence this fall.

Students in the “Butterfly Class” prepare for “The Butterfly Sandwich Place” luncheon on Nov. 14, 2018, to raise funds for the book drive. (Photo courtesy of ECDC)

That’s why the center’s Parent Teacher Organization has launched a book drive dubbed “Turning the Page on Hurricane Florence” as its fall service project in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and FAST NC (Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina).

The ECDC initiative was driven by concerns raised from children in the center’s prekindergarten/kindergarten class who wanted to help kids in North Carolina that were affected by the storm. A total of 600,000 children live in the 28 counties in North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence. Many schools and families lost books and other items due to rain and flooding from the storm.

Students in the center’s prekindergarten/kindergarten class, known as the “Butterfly Class,” hosted a fundraising luncheon called the “The Butterfly Sandwich Place,” featuring a guest chef, on Nov. 14, 2018, where they raised $485 to support the book drive. The campus community can support ECDC’s book drive by making virtual book donations through the book drive’s Amazon Wishlist. Books not already on the wishlist maybe added to the list by selecting “move to wishlist.” Books must be mailed directly from Amazon to the donation address on the wishlist. All donations must be made by Dec. 31, 2018.