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Here's what you need to remember from the week of Friday, March 5.
Aaron Rodgers provided a grant to dozens of local businesses to help them get through the pandemic. Rodgers originally planned to donate $500,000 but increased to a total of $1 million that will reach 80 Butte County businesses. The Great Harvest Bread Co. said they have been able to keep all 30 of their employees and are feeling a “huge sense of relief.”
Three police officers and two citizens from Chico were recognized in a small ceremony for their efforts in helping save a person’s life. Resident Juan Villegas, Officer Robert Kurtz, Officer Peter Durfee, resident Justin Petersen, and Officer Thomas Cox were all awarded on Tuesday. Chief Matt Madden called each one to the podium to celebrate their courage, selflessness, and bravery.
On Monday, all schools in Durham reopened for in-person learning. Durham Unified School District is keeping students safe by keeping them at least four feet apart and using plexiglass dividers. Students are staggered at lunch and there are five different school drop-off and pick-up locations. Durham Elementary School principal said, “the joy of coming to school is back.”
Chico High School hosted Pleasent Valley High School on Wednesday night for the first field hockey game since the pandemic shut down sports. Butte County meets the state requirement of 14 COVID cases or lower per 100,000 people. Players, teachers, and parents brought energy to the game they described as a “miracle.” Fans are allowed with masks on time and keep a safe distance.