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Other schools help Shaw begin cleanup

Posted April 21, 2011 5:05 p.m. EDT
Updated April 22, 2011 6:00 a.m. EDT

South Street in front of Estey Hall Shaw University.

— Clean-up began on Thursday at Shaw University in Raleigh, where damage from Saturday's storms caused classes to be suspended for the duration of the semester. 

Part of the student center's roof was torn off, trees were uprooted and windows were blown out of several buildings.

On Thursday, students from the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T universities; and Saint Augustine's and Peace colleges helped sweep debris and clean other damage at Shaw. 

"I saw one picture of the glass at their student stores, and I thought, 'Wow. At UNC, we're so fortunate,'" UNC freshman La-Deidie Matthews said. "I wanted to know how I could help, so this opportunity came about. And I was very happy that I did it."

YouTube video: Shaw University students experience tornado

University athletics will continue as scheduled, and Shaw officials said that faculty would work with students who still need to complete exams. Graduation will be held, as planned, on May 7.