On Wednesday, students at Paloma Creek High School in Atascadero helped out fellow students in Paradise who lost everything in last year’s Camp Fire.
Kerry Friend, a teacher at Paloma Creek, worked with her class to sew classroom items for all students and staff and Ridgeview High School in Paradise.
Students made four lap-sized rag quilts, as well as drawstring bags and bracelets to encourage the community. Each bracelet has a pendant on it with an inspirational word, so kids can pick out which bracelet means most to them.
“I know that I’ve been through a lot of hard things but what they’re going through I can’t even imagine how that must feel. So I just wanted to do whatever I could to help,” one of Friend’s students, Trinity Reeger said.
Paloma Creek students hope this gesture brightens up the day for survivors of the fire, which was the deadliest wildfire in state history, killing 85 people and burning down thousands of homes.
“I feel like it would be a really empowering moment to see them actually receive everything that we’ve been working on,” Reeger said.