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Local schools give back to hard-working firefighters

Posted: June 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

While thousands of firefighters were called to help battle the Powerhouse Fire last week, officials at a local charter school heeded the calling to help in any way they could.

Santa Clarita Valley International in Castaic, teamed up with another school, iLead Lancaster Charter School, and Kelsey Evenson, this year’s Miss Lancaster, to stage a donation drive last week to collect much-needed goods to donate to firefighters on the front lines.

Donation boxes were set up at the two schools and the call went out for donations of toiletry items such as chap stick, sunscreen and deodorant.

“They can’t take showers when they’re out there,” Evenson said. “Having these things really helps them.”

The response from the community was immediate, Evenson said, and ever since donations started pouring in last week she has been taking near-daily trips to pick them up and deliver them to fire stations. 

“Whenever we get donations, that’s when I put it into the care packages to give to the firefighters,” Evenson said.
Evenson’s ties with SCVi go beyond the recent donation partnership, however. Her mother, Dawn, is the executive director of education for the iLead Education Corporation, which oversees both SCVi and iLead Lancaster.

Dawn Evenson said the donation drive presented an opportunity to not only help out her daughter but to give back to the community.

“A big part of our mission is we want to educate and create game-changers,” Dawn Evenson said. “We want to create the type of culture where our kids just step up to help their community.”

Both mother and daughter said they were pleased they could give something back to those who risk so much during wildfire season.

“I’m definitely really happy I was able to give back to the firefighters for all their hard work,” Kelsey Evenson said.


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