Pinewood Weekly Newsletter
August 27, 2021
In the midst of this wildfire, I want to thank the thousands of firefighters who are protecting our community of Pollock Pines. With each day that passes, I feel more optimistic that we will soon be back together for our second "First Day of School".
On a daily basis I am overwhelmed by the organizations, businesses and volunteers that are stepping up to support the evacuees. The Placerville Boys and Girls Club has welcomed many of our students into their clubhouse. I appreciate that many of our students have this opportunity to be with other children and classmates during this difficult time I have lost count of the surrounding restaurants who are feeding displaced families for free. The evacuation centers are getting daily donations to alleviate some of the stress our families are feeling. All these acts of kindness prove that El Dorado County is a special place to call home.
As containment grows, please regularly check our district web page at ppesd.org or visit our Pollock Pines Elementary School District Facebook Page for school updates. Continue to support one another and stay safe and well.
Our County Office of Education has centralized many links and resources here. You can find fire information links and supports for basic needs.
A fund has been set up by the El Dorado Community Foundation to help people impacted by the Caldor Fire to assist them with immediate relief needs. This application provides the specific qualifications needed to receive these funds.
Care Solace - Connecting Families with Mental Health Support
As our community deals with the impact of the Caldor Fire, we know that many families may need additional support. Pollock Pines Elementary School District is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families and wants to remind you of the resources available in our community.
Pollock Pines Elementary School District has partnered with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health. If you or a family member are looking for help with your mental health or substance use, you can use Care Solace to anonymously find community therapists or treatment programs matched to your needs regardless of circumstances.
Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff and their families by our Pollock Pines Elementary School District. Care Solace is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
· Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language
· Visit www.caresolace.com/site/ppesd on your own , OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
GOOD DEEDS THAT ARE NOTICED AND APPRECIATED!
Kids Supporting Kids
Pioneer Union School District was the recipient of donations from the student-led "CA Kids Fire Relief" effort to support rural schools devastated by wildfires. Superintendent Annette Lane received a box full of gift cards and support letters that will directly benefit her students in her district. To learn more about this relief program see the link below.
Ice Cream Brings Smiles for Miles
Many evacuation centers posted this news. Doug & Josh, from Fiddletown, wanted to help so they loaded a freezer in their truck, filled it with ice cream and bought a small generator. They downloaded “Ice cream truck” music and played it through a boom box while driving through our parking lot handing out ice cream to all the evacuees. Surely, some of our kids benefited form this act of kindness!
Shout Out to Morgen Earle
El Dorado County resident, Morgan Earle, has been visiting local evacuation centers to give kids Lego sets. Morgan and his family have been collecting donations from near and far to purchase the Lego sets for the sole purpose of bringing joy to kids and families. What an inspiration!