SCA Lom­bardi thanks Pier Fire fire­fight­ers

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By LON­NIE ESKRIDGE

One Bur­ton School Dis­trict cam­pus is mak­ing a vis­ually un­mis­tak­able show of sup­port for fire fight­ers fight­ing the Pier Fire above Springville.

One Bur­ton School Dis­trict cam­pus is mak­ing a vis­ually un­mis­tak­able show of sup­port for fire fight­ers fight­ing the Pier Fire above Springville.

Stu­dents from Sum­mit Char­ter Academy, Lom­bardi have cre­ated and hung signs around the Porter­ville Fair­grounds fence show­ing their sup­port for fire fight­ers from around Cal­i­for­nia and the west. The signs adorn the chain link fences sur­round­ing the fair­grounds fire sup­port base. Fire fight­ers drive past the signs when de­part­ing and re­turn­ing to base.

The sign-mak­ing ef­fort was spear­headed by Vice Prin­ci­pal Heather Lehmann and sev­eral teach­ers who are in­di­rectly in­volved with the fire area through in­vol­un­tary evac­u­a­tions.

“They (fire­fight­ers) kept telling us ‘thank you’,” ex­plained teacher Sarah Perry about their re­cep­tion at the fire camp. “We were there to thank them. Th­ese men and women are in­cred­i­ble and we are blessed to have them watch­ing over our fam­i­lies, homes, an­i­mals, and land.”

That sen­ti­ment was ex­pressed through the signs. Some of which said “Thank you for pro­tect­ing our for­est,” Thank you for be­ing our he­roes,” and “thank you, grate­ful, blessed.”

One facet of the school’s over­ar­ch­ing theme, the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme, has as a ten­ant Global Aware­ness. This sign-mak­ing cam­paign is an off­shoot of that idea as it also in­cludes fo­cus­ing on world is­sues at home.

“This was a great ef­fort on the part of our teach­ers, staff, and stu­dents who have a real heart for show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion to oth­ers,” re­marked Prin­ci­pal Sta­cie Fleis­chman.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LON­NIE ESKRIDGE

Sum­mit Char­ter Academy, Lom­bardi stu­dents have made and hung signs of thanks on the Porter­ville Fair­grounds fences for fire­fight­ers.

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