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Fires make many homeless, school-less in N. Calif.

School closings are near the bottom of the list of concerns in the Northern California wildfires at the moment, and the Orange County Register reported that activities at some schools that had been closed because of the fires are returning to a “sense of normalcy.” But other schools have been destroyed:

In addition, students and teachers, rich and poor, have lost their homes. The New York Times quoted a teacher who lives (lived) in Santa Rosa as saying, “I’m homeless. I need everything,” on Facebook. She said she was planning to stay with a friend for a while. “It’s a start.”

Schools are closed near the fires, of course, and students will have to make up any days lost. But first things first: Where will students, teachers, and other school personnel live as they start to rebuild their lives in the wake of the fires? It will be a daunting recovery effort, and as we posted above, you can help.

Several GoFundMe pages have been established, including one for a nonprofit school for children with autism that was in the fiery path.

The Anova Center for Education is Sonoma County’s only nonprofit school for children living with autism. Nobody at the school was injured in the fire, but 120 students, ages 5 to 22, don’t have a school anymore, as it was completely destroyed.

“In addition to losing our entire campus and all of its contents, we spent two years raising $75,000 for a playground structure that was delivered a few days before the fire and burned to the ground in a box,” the school wrote on its GoFundMe page. “We will rise from the ashes and need your help to rebuild our beloved school.”

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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