Students at Cherokee Trail High School have raised nearly $4,000 to support firefighters and survivors of the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.
Several weeks ago, Cherokee Trail’s Student Leadership members launched a “Be Kind” campaign in an effort to spread kindness at CT, in the community and across the country. Through online sales and social media posts, 768 “Be Kind” T-shirts were sold, raising more than $3,000. People in 13 states are now wearing the shirts and spreading kindness in their communities.
As details of the devastation in Paradise came to light, students made a unanimous decision to send all of the proceeds from the “Be Kind” campaign to the firefighters in Butte County, Calif. In addition, students and sponsors in Rotary, Rotary Interact, Pre-Med, Theatre Tech Crew and Red Cross Youth Clubs joined efforts and organized coin wars to raise additional funds to send to the victims of the fires. Over $900 was donated and that money will be given to the Red Cross in Butte County to help support the thousands of victims of this fire.
“It was very important to us that the money from the “Be Kind” campaign go directly to firefighters and their families,” said Tammy Johnson, Student Leadership sponsor. “After much research, the students discovered the Butte County Firefighters Burn and Benevolent Funds, an organization that gives directly to the firefighters who fought to save lives and property in Butte County.”
“We also created a banner that was signed by students and staff at Cherokee Trail,” said Pam Graham, sponsor of the CT Rotary Interact & Red Cross Youth Clubs. “It will be hung in a Butte County fire station to remind those public servants that they are heroes who are appreciated by people all across the country.”
The banner, 100 “Be Kind” T-shirts and the money raised through the “Be Kind” campaign have been sent to the Butte County Firefighters Burn and Benevolent Funds organization in hopes that the firefighters and their families will feel the love and appreciation of Cougars in Colorado.
Cherokee Trail High School thanks everyone who bought a shirt, shared posts on Facebook and supported a great cause, all while creating a culture of kindness at CT and beyond.