CHICO, Calif. - Achieve Charter Schools is using Sunday school classrooms at the life church in Chico for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Although its still standing, the school in Paradise still has significant smoke and fire damage from the devastating Camp Fire.
"It was charming, cute, with trees everywhere," said third-grade teacher Kerry Fogel. "I had a huge classroom and it was just a charming school."
Casey Taylor, executive director for Achieve Charter School, said that the church had eight portables installed in the parking lot so that altogether they could have 11 classrooms, a full cafeteria and a sanctuary to use as a meeting place.
"My class was able to come into the Sunday school which is much smaller than what we used to have," Fogel said. "We can't fit desks or anything, but we were able to come in here and be together."
Fogel said that she has 18 of 24 kids returning to class, some traveling up to an hour to get to school each day.
"They just came back, worked hard, got back into the routine," Fogel said. "Kids are so resilient. They restore my faith in everything. I feel like everything is going to be OK as soon as I see my students because they're just back working hard, so happy to be in the routine and with their friends."
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