By Isabella DeMattei
Santa Rosa High School is known throughout Sonoma County as a welcoming place for all, and in the aftermath of the devastating Sonoma County fires, SRHS’s reputation as a caring community was resolidified. The students and staff of SRHS have come together in many different ways to help out the community. The High School hosted many Town Hall meetings for government officials and first responders to share crucial information to the public. Many students are also working with the Helping Hands Clothing drive by collecting and sorting clothing to be distributed to fire victims across the county.
The multiple Town Hall meetings held in the south gym at Santa Rosa High School helped to inform the community about the tragedy taking place around them. The first Town Hall meeting at Santa Rosa High was on October 10th. Many government officials and first responders were there, including Senator Mike McGuire, Congressman Mike Thompson, Mayor Chris Coursey, and representatives from Cal Fire. Santa Rosa also hosted multiple other meetings to inform the community.
Many Santa Rosa High students also helped with the Helping Hands Clothing Drive organized by different high schools’ student government and ASB (Associated Student Body). ASB President Scott Mccamish got the idea when talking to other ASB officers from around Sonoma County and organized the event. Looking back on the event, Scott recalls his favorite part of helping out, “It was heartwarming seeing friends and strangers alike come together to help those in need.” Santa Rosa students worked alongside students from Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo, Ukiah, Montgomery, and Piner High School. They used the Epicenter as a drop off location for clothing. The clothes were then brought back to the Santa Rosa High student government basement to be used as a temporary storage space where they were sorted by student volunteers. After the clothes were sorted, they were distributed in the Coddingtown parking lot to fire victims.
Through these actions, SRHS as a beacon to the community, helping to bring people together in the wake of this disaster.