Fireside Elementary – Flood Rescue:

Posted on Sep 16, 2013

Fireside Elementary – Flood Rescue:

Fireside Elementary – Flood Rescue:

Fireside Elementary AirliftAt the time of the Jamestown flood we were hosting a group of 100 students, teachers and parents from Fireside Elementary.  Although the power, phones, and Internet went out they were safe and sound at Cal-Wood.  We were prepared with a generator, a well-stocked pantry, water and heat. The students carried on with their outdoor education program as planned.

With the roads out and no way to transport the students home they had to stay an extra night.  At 11 am the next morning the National Guard arrived with helicopters to airlift them back to their families.  All students, teachers, parents and Cal-Wood staff were safe, sound and in great spirits.

When the students, teachers and parents arrived at the airport they celebrated and smiled.  They shared their amazing experiences as something they would never forget.  We hope that all students who come to Cal-Wood Education Center view it as an experience they will never forget. The flooding caused heavy damage to the roads and trails at Cal-Wood.

In order for other students to have an experience they will never forget, we need to fix roads, trails and structures at Cal-Wood.   This work is already under way to restore the roads from James Canyon up to Cal-Wood.  We are working to raise the funds needed to make repairs and get Cal-Wood reopened as soon as possible. This is our busiest time of the year. Every student who is scheduled to come this fall has been looking forward to their visit as the highlight of their school year.  With your help, we can get things back to normal so that our amazing staff can get thousands of students back to nature.

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