Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School is continuing to send love and support to victims of the recent Camp Fire in Butte County.
Through an assembly hosted by grade 2, as well as a chapel service led by PreKindergarten teacher Vanessa Newton, who grew up in the area, students learned about the devastating effects of the fire. Newton was able to connect Catalina with a school in the area, Ponderosa Elementary School, where 275 students were displaced and 90 percent of families and teachers lost their homes.
This school was in need of something the Cougars could offer—letters to lift the children's spirits. So, with the help of their homeroom and English teachers, all students in the Lower and Middle School got to work. In the days leading up to Winter Break, grade 8 students assisted the youngest Cougars in creating cards for their new Tiger friends. Grade 3 wrote notes that offered support but also doubled as pen-pal letters.
All the cards and letters were bundled up and mailed to Butte County at the start of break. They will be distributed to Ponderosa students this week. The response to the initial package was one of much gratitude: "We can't wait to take the friendship letters to the school. They are so heartfelt."
If you'd like to join the students' efforts, please see this Amazon wish list, which offers an additional way to support these families and teachers through this difficult time.