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Placer High helps fire victims

By: Loryll Nicolaisen Journal staff writer
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In their own wacky, original way, Placer High students and staff did what they could Tuesday to raise funds for victims of the 49 Fire. A fundraiser hosted by the school’s leadership class, Key Club, FFA, Interact and Leo clubs kicked off with a volleyball game setting Placer’s girls volleyball team against an all-staff team dressed as superheros. “I was kind of shocked by how well the superheros did,” said junior Hannah Peterson. “They held their own. I think the costumes helped them.” The costumes weren’t quite enough to help Batman, Spiderman and The Flash, who lost two games to the girls team. Volleyball, a battle of the bands and a barbecue were all components to Tuesday’s fundraiser. All proceeds go to helping victims of the 49 Fire, which took the homes of four Placer High families, among many others. Senior Clarise Bankus said she and friend Olivia Coder talked the day of the fire and decided they wanted to start planning a fundraiser. “We can’t rebuild these people’s homes but we can do something to help,” said Bankus, president of the school’s Key Club. Coder, also a senior, said she could relate to those affected by the 49 Fire — her family lost their home to fire when she was a toddler. “It’s important that all these people are safe and have enough clothing and enough money to feel safe again,” she said. Jonathan Adams, Placer High’s activities director, said he and the two seniors pinned down the different facets of the fundraiser — Coder wanted a battle of the bands, Bankus wanted a barbecue, and he was determined to have the staff-versus-students volleyball game — and started planning just a week ago. “I’m amazed at how many people found me, who said, ‘What can I do?’” Adams said. “It was quite amazing.” Adams was also impressed by the community’s involvement. Dozens of businesses and other community organizations donated money, food or other supplies for the fundraiser. The Auburn Kiwanis Club served as grill crew Tuesday, manning the barbecue. “It’s about helping out the community,” said Robert Achilles, past president. “We’re just helping out where we can.” -------------------------------- More events help fire survivors Placer High isn’t the only school helping contribute to those affected by the 49 Fire. Parents and staff at Rock Creek Elementary and E.V. Cain Middle schools are planning a car wash and bake sale fundraiser, to be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rock Creek School, 3050 Bell Road. All proceeds go to families within the Auburn Union Elementary School District affected by the fire.