Nine years after her death, a Wayne County educator is still making a difference in the lives of students.
On Wednesday, the Patrice Barnes Worrells Scholarship Fund donated ten Chromebooks to students at Brogden Primary School through the Operation Chromebook effort put together by Operation Unite Goldsboro.
The Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Patrice Barnes Worrells, who passed away in 2011.
Wednesday was an emotional day for Patrice’s father John Barnes, who says he hadn’t been back to Brogden Primary since Patrice passed away.
He says December was Patrice’s birth month, and they wanted to do something for the students at Brogden Primary in her memory.
Patrice, a graduate of Eastern Wayne High School, was a Teaching Fellow awardee, earned her BS in Elementary Education at North Carolina Central University, and later earned her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from ECU.
Brogden Primary was where Patrice started her teaching career, and she was remembered fondly by fellow educators including Brogden Primary Instructional Assistant Jeneen Moore.
Moore says Patrice had a profound impact on her children, both as a teacher and a friend.
Operation Chromebook was started to help provide the laptops needed for remote instruction to Wayne County Public Schools students.