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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jim hunt served as North Carolina’s governor longer than anyone else, but today he learned a few new tricks.

This morning he took a break from politics to play and educate folks on why it is so important to keep our kids learning.

Hunt got a grand tour of all the fun and educational exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. He even took some time to play himself.

But it wasn’t all just fun and games. Hunt also discussed teacher pay.

“I think the people that have the most important job in North Carolina are our teachers,” he said. “And by the way I think they work the hardest.”

On this day Hunt’s teacher was sixth grader Lindsay West, who showed the former government around one of her favorite places.

“It was a great experience,” she said.

But more and more teachers are finding their experiences less fulfilling, especially for their wallets, as state cuts have often meant fewer resources for their classrooms and even fewer raises for their paychecks. Hunt says it’s something he hopes will change and soon.

“They’re having to pay out of their pockets for materials for students. They’re having a hard time sending their children to college, paying their own expenses, a lot of them taking second and third jobs,” Hunt said. “We can do better than that in North Carolina.”

After the tour, Hunt was honored with an award for the Innate Love of Learning at the Great Friend to Kids luncheon at CFCC’s Union Station.

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2015 years 8 months ago

We would do well to heed the words of Gov. Hunt. One of the smartest, honorable men to come out of N.C. Put him up there with Bill Friday, Frank Porter Graham and Sam Irvin as good North Carolinians as people that had a vision for our state and how they could help all the citizens of N.C. and not just the wealthy and other small special interest groups like our present administration does.
I had the priviledge to meet him and Bob Scott in 1972 at my girlfriend’s house since her father was very active in politics at the time. He was always the smartest person in the room. He was considered for the post of Sec. of Education under Bill Clinton because of his knowledge and track record in NC.
We could sure use him now.


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