Students, parents, teachers gather in Durham to make signs for May 1 Raleigh march

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Students, parents and teachers gathered in Durham Saturday to make signs and banners for Wednesday’s rally for education 

“We are building all these things to take with us to inspire people and make their voices heard,” said Malcolm Goff.

Goff, an art teacher, hopes the voices of tens of thousands of teachers and school staff will reach legislators 

“One of my main messages is around the health care. Although I have taught here for 22 years, my kids are on Medicaid. I can’t afford to put them on mine,” Goff said.

And while some people have expressed concern about students missing school for the rally, Karla Fernandez says she hopes school children will ultimately benefit

“As an instructional assistant I work multiple jobs in order to provide for my family, so if being able to join together with educators community members and parents and being able to speak for our demands on May 1 is something that we need as a whole community,” Fernandez said.

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