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Rancho Tehama community calls for return to normalcy

"We're talking about gratefulness today, there will be no centers around anything that happened Tuesday, just bringing some joy and light back into the lives of these families," said Dodd.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 5:15 PM

"It's been a traumatic week, we just wanted to get back to some normalcy," said SERRF: Ignite Education! facilitator Linda Dodd.

Just three days ago, a crazed gunman terrorized the community of Rancho Tehama, taking the lives of 5 people in a shooting spree that ended after and attempt to attack the local elementary school.

By Wednesday .. the FBI and department of justice had already processed all crime scenes and discovered the final victim.

Thursday authorities released the identities of the five people who were killed. Two children were injured by gunfire.

Rancho Tehama elementary is still closed through Thanksgiving break, and today district workers began repairing broken windows.

Typically, students would stay on campus for the after-school SERRF (Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families) program through the Tehama County Department of Education, and today is "Fun Friday" ... It's a tradition the community is now using to help in the healing process.

"We're recreating the "Fun Friday" for all kids in the community, of all ages," said Dodd. "We've brought many volunteers from the Tehama County Department of Education today; everyone wants to help so we're giving them the opportunity to do that," said Dodd.

It's both a chance for families to heal, and for the North State community to take back some power.

"The program staff is just amazing, they live in this community they knew these families, they've just been devastated by this," said Dodd.

Typically, parents are not a part of "Fun Fridays", but this week, things are different.

"These parents don't want to leave their kids, they're not driving their kids anywhere ... There's no hard fast rules today, it's whatever families need," said Dodd.

Counselors will be on site, but only as a precaution.

And around town? Everyone seems relieves that police and most media have packed up and left.

"We're talking about gratefulness today, there will be no centers around anything that happened Tuesday, just bringing some joy and light back into the lives of these families," said Dodd.

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