Carson schools send supplies, books, funds to Paradise

Published: Dec. 26, 2018 at 10:29 AM PST
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Carson City educators, students and families have been working to support schools in Paradise, California, ravaged by November's


More than seven pallets of school supplies have been sorted, boxed and shipped from Empire Elementary School to Paradise, with the assistance of True Value Hardware in Yerington. The supplies were collected over a three-week period and gathered from all ten schools in Carson City as well as Dayton Elementary School and Fernley High School.

“We were able to send books, crayons, pencils, science supplies, paints, markers, poster board boarders…essentially anything you would need to reconstruct a classroom,” says Kendra Ciccarelli, second and third grade GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) coordinator at Empire Elementary School.

The district says all people involved learned lessons in kindness, as well as how small efforts collectively may produce "great and impactful outcomes."

As students from the Paradise Unified School District gather in modular classrooms in Chico and other school districts throughout Northern California, some normalcies have been retained since they have been able to keep teachers, students and families together as a unit during the temporary relocation. However, many classrooms are lacking books to support literacy learning.

Educators, students and families from the Carson City School District have also donated more than 10,000 books accumulated from all elementary and middle schools in Carson City.

“My sister and former Carson High School Grad Signe Miller, who teaches third grade at Chico Country Day Charter School, has seen an influx of students relocated to the Chico area,” says Joanna Kaiser, GATE implementation specialist for Carson City School District. “She explained to me that although they have some normalcy being enrolled in school again, many are lacking curriculum materials. So, our district has stood strong together to offer support through donations of books. We are supporting teachers and students there in fire-ravaged areas by literally bringing literacy to life.”

Teachers at Carson High School also continue to raise money through a raffle auction of donated completed art pieces. The items are displayed in art cases next to the guidance office at the high school. Raffle tickets may be purchased from Angila Golik, who will be selling them through January 2019. The drawing will be held Feb. 4. Raffle ticket prices are $5 each, or five for $20. All the proceeds of the raffle will be donated to Paradise Unified School District.

“Because we all believe in the power of education, we thought the funds we raised would be best used by the school district for rebuilding and supplies," Golik says.