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New program aims to recruit and retain Beaufort Co. educators

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Beaufort County is rolling out a new program aimed at retaining and recruiting educators in the county.

It's called "C.A.R.R.E", and it stands for community aid in the recruitment and retention of educators. It gives all Beaufort County school employees a discount card to 30 different area businesses to save them money.

Some of those business discounts give employees 25% off eyewear, $30 off brake work, $25 off H&R tax preparations, and discounts to various restaurants.

Don Phipps says this program is great for all employees in the school system.

"Everyone has a role to play, and they have duties and responsibilities, and we want everyone to do that. They all contribute to success of our students, to success of teachers in the classroom," Phipps said.

Kelly Burgeweger is a first year teacher at Chocowinity Middle School. She says a program like this goes a long way in showing educators the community cares.

"I think we've finally come to realize that it is the foundation for our children," Burgeweger said. "It's the foundation for these kids that will be our future. And I think that's nice that they see that and know how hard the teachers work."

One of the businesses on the card is Kona Ice. Owner Jim Pounds says it's one way to re-pay educators for everything they do.

"It's a way to say we care," Pounds said. "We understand, and we want you to be part of our community for the long term."

Phipps says he's hopeful that more businesses will decide to become a part of the program. His goal is to have 70 businesses.

For more information on businesses involved in the program, click here.

To learn more about Kona Ice and the fundraiser opportunities they offer, click here.

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