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Acts of generosity continue for young Camp Fire survivors at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences

Six months after the Camp Fire, we continue to see remarkable examples of generosity. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng has more on another act of kindness involving young Camp Fire survivors.

Posted: May 8, 2019 10:50 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Six months after the Camp Fire, we continue to see remarkable examples of generosity. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng has more on another act of kindness involving young Camp Fire survivors.

"It's just so surreal, I think about being at the airport and thinking, yes, I'm going on a trip, I'm going away," said Jenny Hernandez, a student at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.

Jenny Hernandez says she's never traveled out of the country before.

"I honestly wasn't sure how I was going to pay for all of it. Like my family, we've been struggling for a while," said Hernandez.

She is a Camp Fire survivor and among several theatre students at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences chosen to perform abroad in a festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this summer.

"This is the first time for Inspire to go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe," said Erin Horst, a theatre teacher at the Inspire School.

Theatre teacher Erin Horst said fundraising has been a challenge, especially since the Camp Fire affected a dozen of her students, but she didn't give up hope.

"Our entire community has been impacted to some degree so I wanted to make sure we were going to go on this trip no matter what," said Horst. 

Thanks to a generous donation from CEO Bob Gogel of WorldStrides, Horst can fulfill her promise to her students. The festival will cover the rest of what is still owed, but the school will need to cover this down the line, Horst says.

"We know that it is transformational for these young people and the fact that we can provide some financial support to help make this trip happen is just the right thing to do," said Gogel.

Amy Lewis lost her Paradise home in the Camp Fire, but she said it's been special having her theater group behind her in these challenging times.

"You know, we are Butte Strong we are Paradise Strong, there's just support coming from everywhere, but I don't know, it's just beautiful to see," said Lewis. 

The group still needs to raise a little more than $33,000 for the trip. If you would like to donate, you can do so here.

The Inspire theatre group will leave for Scotland on July 27th.

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