Paradise, California, home to more than 27,000 people, has been devastated by the Camp Fire, the most destructive fire in state history. To help those directly impacted, many Stockton Unified schools have stepped up to hold and participate in fundraisers and donation drives.
During a press conference with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and community leaders, Edison High School students announced that their two-week donation drive resulted in two vans full of new and gently used clothes, blankets and other items. Students and staff delivered the items to the Red Cross station at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley, California during Thanksgiving break. While there, students also assisted Red Cross volunteers with organizing the donated items they'd received. “If the tables were turned, I know Paradise High School would help us too,” said Edison High senior Alondra Manzo.
Several other SUSD schools reached out to their school communities to aid those affected by the Camp Fire. Among those schools is Rio Calaveras Elementary, which challenged their school to raise $3,000 by dropping change into classroom donation stations. Huerta Elementary held a “Clothes 4 Kids” drive to collect clothes for victims of the Camp Fire. Peyton Elementary contributed to the Stockton Ports' fundraiser for books and other school supplies for affected schools.
We are incredibly proud of our schools and community for coming together to help those impacted by the Camp Fire. Monetary donations can still be made online at StocktonHelpsParadise.com or mailed to the Community Foundation of San Joaquin at 6735 Herdon Place, Suite B, Stockton, CA 95219.
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