Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Last month Southern California wildfires have ravaged northern Los Angeles, destroying almost 100,000 acres of land. These fires have destroyed properties, scorched the woodland area, and displaced thousands of people from their homes. As these conflagrations are now largely contained, citizens must begin to scrape together their lives from the ashes.
The plight of these now-homeless residents is devastating; many people only have the clothes on their backs remaining. While El Segundo was not near the affected areas, students and faculty have come together and asked: “How can we help?”
Choir hosted a recital benefit on November 28 to help Malibu families affected by the fires. Instead of collecting money for choir, the form of currency was canned goods, essential toiletries, and monetary donations for the families in need. The songs sung by choir students were fun, and intended to raise spirits. All donations collected from the recitals goes directly to the families in need.
Ella Tichy, Governor of the class of 2020 says that ASB is making notes for the students who have lost their homes in the fire. “Malibu High School is the only thing in that area that is still there….We will do little kindness notes for them to either pass out as a reminder that we are thinking about them.”
Although the fire has not destroyed students’ homes and towns, they still are deeply connected to the issue. Sophomore Aidan Boushell has volunteered at the El Segundo Fire Department for three years, and describes the people there as his “family”. El Segundo units were dispatched to help combat these fires and he commented saying, “It definitely worries me alot... stresses me out quite a bit once they are up there. I do know that they do a lot of training for this. They are the best units to have out there.” Ella Tichy also said how her close family friends were evacuated from their homes from the Malibu fire. She said her friends are “are too far south”. However she added that “All the homes surrounding the school are just gone. It’s going to be really weird for them to go back and just see...apocalyptic ashes.”
El Segundo High School residents have reached out in compassion, and in having loved ones go through this plight. As students and as people they strive to triumph over hardship through goodwork and empathy.