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‘Any kind of donations would help’ | Students of HS destroyed by Camp Fire say they feel forgotten

Ridgeview High, a small, continuation high school in Magalia, was one of a handful of schools completely decimated by the Camp Fire. Many of the students and faculty also lost their homes. Students there say their school could use help, too.

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As generous donations pour into Paradise High School following the Camp Fire, students who attend other schools in the area say, while they’re happy for their peers, they’re feeling somewhat forgotten.

“I kind of felt left out. Brushed under the carpet,” Madison Douglas, a sophomore at Ridgeview High School told ABC10.

Ridgeview High, a small, continuation high school in Magalia, was one of a handful of schools completely decimated by the Camp Fire. Many of the students and faculty also lost their homes. Students there say their school could use help, too.

“I was just thinking to myself, ‘Damn, my school isn’t noticed at all because we’re so small. We’re not a big corporation.’ You know what I mean?” Alexis Pryor, a senior, said she thought after hearing about the $1 million donation to Paradise High.

Douglas said one of the ways to help would be to offer transportation. Starting Monday, Ridgeview High will be operating out of the Chico Boy’s and Girl’s Club — a nice facility, but a far drive for many of the roughly 100 students now spread out around Butte County.

“At this point in time our school community is broken. Everything is just gone,” Pryor said. “I think what would help the most is just love, and anything that can be donated would be most appreciated. We’re going to try to rebuild and I know I’m going to be there to help, so anything will help."

Both Pryor and Douglas said they wanted to speak out in order to raise awareness for the situation at not only their school, but at the other schools in the area, including Paradise Elementary and Hometech High Charter School.

Mike Lerch, Ridgeview High’s Principal, said anyone looking to help the schools or with donations for schools in the Paradise Union School District should email donations@pusdk12.org.

“I don’t expect any handouts. I don’t expect anything,” Douglas said. “I just want Ridgeview to be known for what it was.”

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