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Aug 26, 2013 4:04 PM by Maddie Garrett

Teachers, Community Pitch In to Help Fellow Educator After Fire

A Jackson Elementary first grade teacher lost everything in the Black Forest fire, including 20 years worth of teaching supplies.  She's back in the classroom today thanks to her fellow teachers and the community.

Camla Schultz was a first grade teacher at Bates Elementary, after it closed she stayed in D-11 and got a job at Jackson Elementary. In between schools, she brought all of her teaching supplies to her home in Black Forest.

"They burned with all the rest of my belongings, so I felt a little overwhelmed at starting first grade here without anything," said Schultz.

In fact, she considered taking the year off because she felt her students deserved a fully furnished classroom.

"A space that feels like it's ready for first graders and it's filled with fun things and bright things and makes them feel like they're at home and they're supposed to be here," explained Schultz.

When word got out about her situation, support came pouring in. Her classroom is now fully furnished, with supplies, learning tools and a lot of books. It's all donated by teachers, parents and even students.

"Even though they don't know me, people have given me things so that my students won't go without," said Schultz.

Many of her co-workers know what Schultz is going through, they too lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires.

"I just know exactly where she is. I know where she's going to go with this and I know how this kind of changes you and it changes you for the better," said Jackson Elementary teacher Katie White, who lost her home in Waldo Canyon.

It's a journey Schultz and her first graders are on together.

"I'm so grateful, I never would have thought that after losing my home and all of my teaching supplies that I would feel as blessed as I do," said Schultz.

 

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