Fund update 9/2021: Northern California has borne the brunt of the 2021 fire season, and school districts, students, and educators need our support!
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently joined El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala to gain a first-hand perspective of how the Caldor Fire is impacting schools in the area and to offer support to displaced residents, through the California Department of Education Foundation’s (CDEF) Emergency Response Fund. For more information on these current outreach efforts, you can read the press release here.
All funds received through this platform will be used directly for emergency needs as identified by the school districts most affected. Periodically, CDEF will report back on the impact of these funds and their use through this platform and in our quarterly newsletter.
One of the largest fires in the state’s history, the Dixie fire, has charred more than 770,000+ acres. Meanwhile, the Caldor fire is bearing down on the Lake Tahoe area. Southern California had a few fires start last week, including the South fire, which has burned 1,000+ acres since it began Wednesday afternoon. Keep up to date on all the fires in the state with the Los Angeles Times’ California wildfires map. (LA Times, 9/1/2021)
Fund update 2/2021: In 2020, over $230,000 funds were raised through the CA BDD Fund and the CDE Emergency Response Fund that CDE Foundation allocated to seven school districts impacted by wildfires to purchase Chromebooks, tablets, hotspots, data plans, headsets, and printers. This was a collaborative effort between CDE, CDE Foundation and our partners including Office Depot, Staples, Apple and CDW-G to provide a rapid response and deliver equipment to displaced teachers and students. Schools districts receiving support included: Big Creek School District, Berry Creek Elementary, Fresno USD, Sierra USD, Bonny Doon, Pine Ridge Elementary, Foothills Adventist, and Eastern Sierra USD (Mono County).
We are stronger together and we can do more together by tapping into the innate resilience of our California communities. Thank you for your support!
(Background Photo Credit: Max Whittaker for The New York Times)