The Gazette is Phillips Brooks School’s weekly parent newsletter. Each week, the lead article from the Gazette is cross-posted here on the PBS Blog.
On October 9, wildfires began to devastate Northern California and have since destroyed more than 220 thousand acres of land and displaced hundreds of families. With only 50 percent of the fires contained, it’s hard to know when our neighbors and friends will be able to begin the long process of rebuilding – whether that’s rebuilding homes or schools or businesses or just a sense of normalcy again.
I know that all those affected by this disaster are in my thoughts and in the thoughts of all the parents, faculty, and staff I’ve spoken with over the last week. I also know that many of you have already found ways to contribute to the efforts to safeguard the lives of our neighbors and help them through this incredibly difficult time. And although the school tries to let families make their own decisions about when and how to contribute to causes, both the school’s administration and the PBSA leadership team feel that this hits so close to home that the PBS community should come together with one voice in support of our neighbors.
To accomplish that, the proceeds from Friday’s Harvest Festival, which would normally benefit the PBSA, will instead be donated in full to the California Fire Foundation and their efforts related to the Northern California wildfires. The California Fire Foundation provides critical support to surviving families of fallen firefighters, firefighters themselves, and the communities they serve. The organization has already mobilized assistance in the areas of Napa and Santa Rosa counties and continues to need support.
To learn more about the California Fire Foundation, please visit cafirefoundation.org. You can find out more about the Harvest Festival, register for the Bake-off, and purchase raffle tickets on the Community Portal.
Thanks in advance to the entire community for your generosity in the face of this heartbreaking disaster. And thanks to Brenda Lo and Chauntelle Trefz, the Harvest Festival co-chairs, for their hard work on this community event. See you all on Friday!