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Ipakanni Early College Charter School students receive help after losing homes in Bear Fire

A teacher at Ipakanni Early College Charter School in Oroville is hoping to help some of his students who lost everything in the Bear Fire.

Posted: Oct 1, 2020 6:14 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 6:17 PM

Oroville, Calif. - A teacher at Ipakanni Early College Charter School in Oroville is hoping to help some of his students who lost everything in the Bear Fire.

The school has about 75 students total, and six of them lost homes in the fire. It was a total of three families. Cedric Lee noticed the help that the students needed and created a GoFundMe page. 

Action News Now sent a reporter to talk to the students to see how they are coping. 

"I get sad about it because that is where we had everything, we literally had everything up there," said Aidan Hill. 

The Hill family lost everything in the fire. 

"I am still processing it, because it still hasn't hit me," said Kendall Hill.

"It's difficult like everything is just hitting you at once," said Jason Hill. 

The Hill brothers went back to their home for the first time in almost a month. 

"I was overwhelmed because there was nothing there," said Kendall Hill.

What they saw was almost too much for them.

"All I was able to find was burnt little chunks of metal, that had holes through it and then little plastic beads," said Jason Hill. 

"My mom was crying, my dad was upset because everything they had worked hard for they lost," said Aidan Hill. 

Their classmate Melissa Starkey also lost her home. She says her family saved three cows and her bird, but not much else. 

"They didn't get the other animals because they got spooked, so he had to leave all the other animals that were three except the cows, and only the horse survived the fire," said Melissa. 

Cedric Lee set up the GoFundMe Page to hopefully help his students and their families financially. 

"Til now we have raised a little over $2,000, our goal is $5,000, we have already divided it three ways, but we are still trying to reach that goal of 5,000. I don't know what else to do for them and so I am doing all that I think I can do and it just keeps eating on me like it's not enough," said Lee. 

Lee added there was a tribe who donated $3,000 outside of the GoFundMe. 

You can click here to donate to the families. 

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