CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Unified School District is bringing a charter school under its wing.
Achieve Charter School moved to Chico after the Camp Fire damaged its Paradise campus and since then they have built a new campus and they are also working together to help students and staff cope with everything they have been through.
"I think the most difficult part was readapting. Finding the new normal,” said 8th grader, Paityn Cummings who has been a student at Achieve Charter School since Kindergarten. “No one knew what was going on, how to cope with anything.”
95% of students and staff lost their homes and the campus moved to Chico and now they're working together to heal from two traumatic experiences, the fire and now the COVID-19 pandemic.
Principal Steven Wright said they have increased counseling services. Wright said all students get training in self-regulation and calming strategies and many have a mentor they meet with weekly to talk about academics and social-emotional things in life, whatever they need.
“It’s meant a lot to me it shows people care, someone is always there to help you through what you need at Achieve and I really appreciate it,” Cummings said.
Wednesday night the Chico Unified School District voted for Achieve Charter to officially become a part of the school district.
The Paradise campus that was burned in the Camp Fire has since been rebuilt and is set to open in the Fall.