The North Valley Community Foundation announced today it is granting nearly $1 million to Butte County schools affected by the Camp Fire.
A total of $455,000 from the $965,000 donation will go to Paradise, Magalia and Concow schools, including public, private, charter and preschools. The remaining schools receiving grants will go directly to support schools hosting students impacted by the Camp Fire.
The grant came through a generous donation from Ken Grossman and Katie Gonser of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
“Ken and Katie have always been committed to promoting and protecting the quality of life in our communities,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation. “It’s no surprise during our greatest time of need that they are making an incredible difference.”
The newest grant, added to the nearly $125,000 in initial emergency relief grants through the NVCF’s Camp Fire relief fund, brings the total to well over $1 million invested in the schools.
The funds will be used for students directly affected by the Camp Fire, based on conversations with principals, superintendents and teachers about the needs in the wake of the Nov. 8, 2018, fire.
Those needs include counseling, supplies and materials for displaced students, and excursions and extracurricular activities for students.
All Butte County schools were closed for nearly a month after the Camp Fire. Many students from the Paradise, Magalia and Concow schools were relocated to Durham, Oroville and Chico.