Strong winds coupled with dry and warm weather resulted in the rapid growth of a large Spring wildfire in Alberta. In early May, the entire City of Fort McMurray was placed under mandatory evacuation, displacing close to 100,000 people from their homes, schools, places of work, places of worship and communities at large.
Spurred on by what has been acknowledged as the large recorded wildfire evacuation in Canadian history, a group of intermediate Bakersfield students have initiated (and are leading) an Alberta Wildfire Appeal campaign in an effort to raise funds, providing much needed relief to evacuees. While the full extent of the damage in Fort McMurray will not be known for some time, early estimates indicate that upwards of one fifth of all residences have been destroyed and countless others damaged.
If there is even the smallest silver lining is these tragic events, it’s that in enables us to demonstrate our resolve as Canadians to those who are vulnerable and in need, and afford us an opportunity –albeit a regrettable one—to teach our children to be empathetic. Cash donations of any size will be accepted in the school office throughout the upcoming week, until the end of the day on Friday, May 20th. Please send your child to school with a loonie or toonie (or any other amount) and help nurture in them the spirit of compassion by giving to those in need.