Independence Donates to the First Responders in Paradise, California

Posted on 12/17/2018
Independence students dress up in paradise attire


Recently, our country and District have turned their attention to the town of Paradise, California, which has been devastated by deadly wildfires. Independence Elementary fourth graders Livi E. and Mylie H. did not want to just sit back and watch the heartbreaking news. They wanted to support those out west who were risking their lives to save others.

Independence students dress in paradise attire“We just know that if we had our homes destroyed, we would want stuff to help us survive, and we wanted to do something to help,” said Livi and Mylie. The girls reached out to the principals at Independence, and with the assistance of Administrative Intern Elizabeth Malloy, Livi and Mylie organized a fundraiser for the first responders in California.

With promotional help from their friends Ragan D. and Jaimason M., the Independence students raised $427.14 for the firefighters, police officers, and paramedics who are leading search and rescue missions. “I’m very proud of these girls,” said fourth grade teacher Shelby Brodland. “When they came to me and told me that they wanted to do this, they didn’t really ask. They were just like, ‘We have to do something. What can we do?’”

California firefighter Lisa Tarkany with her daughterIt just so happened that Brodland has a friend out in California, Lisa Tarkany, who is a firefighter. The money raised will directly benefit her and her fellow first responders. Brodland reflected on how grateful she is that Independence encourages projects like this and fosters service learning in their school. “It’s important not only that we support them and what they’re doing, but that we learn in our schools that it’s important to help other people and do whatever we can to help those people that help us.”

Thanks to the inspiring efforts of the Independence community, the students, faculty, and staff were able to help those who help others in Paradise, California. 

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