Supporting Paradise Charter Schools after the Devastating Camp Fire

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Supporting Paradise Charter Schools after the Devastating Camp Fire

Furnishing a new teacher’s office for Achieve Charter Schools

VCO is proud to support Achieve Charter Schools, one of the victims of the Camp Fire in November that destroyed more than 18,000 structures. VCO partnered with Teknion and other charitable manufacturers to install a teachers office before students returned from their holiday break.

Achieve Charter Schools are using a space at a church in Chico, where more than 200 students from kindergarten through ninth grade are filling nine portable trailers.

“There’s a lot going on,” English teacher Kaylan Sigel said. “Things are changing daily. They are changing hourly.”

Teachers are a rotating through the classrooms in the trailers. The students had three weeks of class before the holiday. Sigel said for some students, this is their third location for class.

“I’m also sharing the classroom with our Spanish teacher, who is also our PE teacher. Right now, we have study hall in there,” Sigel said. “Sharing classrooms and sharing space — which I have never done before, but it’s going to be new and exciting. Everybody is just trying to not step on each other’s toes.”

Sigel is also 32 weeks pregnant and due in March. She and other teachers evacuated the students on the morning of the Camp Fire. On Nov. 8, a wildfire swept through Butte County, claiming at least 86 lives and destroying more than 18,000 structures.

“Teaching is an interesting position to begin with, but now more than ever. When talking about wearing multiple hats, I am more of a psychologist for these students versus a teacher,” Sigel said. “I know the students will learn something, but that almost becomes secondhand to making sure their well-being is taken care of.”

Like most of her colleagues and students, she and her husband lost their home and are figuring out the next steps.

“There’s a lot of ‘what-ifs.’ I could get quickly overwhelmed if I think about it too much,” Sigel said. “But, I think, ultimately, things work out for a reason. I think we’ve seen that also with the fire. There’s been a huge sign of graciousness and humanity, right? Kindness. I think that’s the takeaway — that you know it’s going to work out in some way.”

This article originally appeared on KCRA. Read the full article here.