“I think that in the end, the school district is doing the right thing; the general health and well-being of the students and staff should always be the highest priority of any educational institution.”
Collin Lucett, senior
“When people’s houses are burning, I think that we have to think about the families affected by the fire, not just the smoke. People have it worse than us, so I don’t worry too much. I do think it’s fair that we get school off, though.”
Robert Plyer, junior
“I think closing school was a good call, especially because most of the high school campuses are outdoors. It ultimately keeps everyone much safer and healthier, and also allows people to take their minds off school for a day.”
Elise Hsu, freshman
“Canceling school [on Nov. 16] was the right choice by the school district, however, they should have canceled a day or two earlier because I’ve gotten a sore throat just walking from class to class. Although all the surrounding schools and districts are closed, I did not expect Carlmont and the school district to close because we had the same issue last year and nothing happened then.”
Emily Livesay, sophomore
The California Fire Foundation provides immediate aid for victims of natural disasters like the California wildfires. Through their program, Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE), front-line firefighters supply victims with $100 gift cards so that they may purchase food, clothing, medicine, and whatever else they deem necessary for their well being.
While the Los Angeles Fire Department has been emotionally overwhelmed by the donation of goods, what they really need at the moment are monetary donations that will go towards hydration backpacks for the firefighters. This way, they can efficiently and effectively continue to fight the wildfires in Southern California.
The United Way Los Angeles is partnering with Red Cross among other organizations to provide aid for those directly affected by the current California wildfires. The funds collected will primarily support low-income individuals and families affected by the fires and help them rebuild their lives.