VENTURA — Ventura’s Poinsettia Elementary School fifth-grade students look forward to a trip to the Malibu Outdoor Science School every year, but this year the Thomas Fire almost prevented that from happening.
Five students, along with their families, lost everything during December’s catastrophic fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in the Ventura area. But Aera Energy employees in Bakersfield were determined to ensure the students would not miss the opportunity to go to camp.
Employees from the Belridge Adopt-A-Family program stepped in and donated $1,000, which helped purchase 10 $100 Target gift cards so that the students could purchase sleeping bags, hiking boots and other essentials to make the trip to the camp, which specializes in giving fifth and sixth-grade students an outdoor learning experience.
“Because of your support, not only did it help our students but we also had two parent chaperones who lost everything,” said Poinsettia Elementary Principal Beth Harris. “Thank you Aera for your incredible support.”