Ponderosa Elementary teacher reflects on Camp Fire after receiving massive donation for school

The Vacaville City Firefighter Charity held a crab-feed and raised $45,000 in 15 minutes for Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 7:09 PM

VACAVILLE, Calif. -- The Vacaville City Firefighter Charity held a crab-feed and raised $45,000 in 15 minutes for Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise. 

The large check will go toward building a new playground on the campus and bringing in new technoogy and materials for academics as the school rebuilds from the Camp Fire. 

One of the teachers who coordinated this donation, Abigail Davis, was born and raised in Paradise.

She had just started teaching at the elementary school when the Camp Fire hit on Nov. 8. 

Davis said she helped evacuate 22 kids whose parents could not pick them up on the morning of the Camp Fire. 

She said the bus was gridlocked several times during the journey, with fire all around them. 

However, after six hours of chaos, the bus full of kids arrived safely in Biggs.

"I think throughout the day I had so many moments where I wanted to cry because there's so much unknown, but you hold it together for the kids to be strong for them..." said Davis. 

Davis also believes teaching is her calling, and she is not leaving her hometown any time soon. 

Through the fire department's donation, she wants to bring some normalcy to students. 

This fall, students from Ponderosa Elementary school will be attending Paradise Intermediate. 

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