“Pennies for Ponderosa”

Ponderosa Elementary raises funds to rebuild school devastated by California wildfires.

By Adam Black

The Ashland Beacon


Ponderosa Elementary is not just a place of learning; it’s a family, and that family doesn’t just exist in Boyd County, it extends across the nation.
For the past few weeks Ponderosa Elementary in Catlettsburg, Kentucky, has been participating in a nationwide fundraiser called “Pennies for Ponderosa” to help rebuild a school in Paradise, California that was burned to rubble in the raging Camp Wildfire.
“In early December we were contacted by Ponderosa Elementary School in Bend, Oregon,” Brian Eerenburg, principal of Ponderosa Elementary in Catlettsburg said on the Boyd County Public Schools website. “They were interested in having all of the Ponderosa Elementary Schools that they could find band together to raise money to send to the Ponderosa Elementary in Paradise, California that burned down during the wildfires.”
Ponderosa students and staff alike worked to raise funds for the far away school with a familiar name.  It turns out the local Ponderosa Elementary is one of 11 around the country who raised funds for the Ponderosa in Paradise.
“We did the challenge and are currently figuring how much was raised,” Eerenburg said. “I wanted to share this because the principal of that school put together a video with the contributions from the various Ponderosas that participated.”
In the video which features all 11 schools across the nation, students can be seen with their funds raised and sharing their thoughts and hopes for the funds to rebuild the school and replenish supplies.
Many students also wished the staff and students of Ponderosa Elementary in Paradise happy holidays and a happy new year.
Students from Ponderosa Elementary in Catlettsburg can be seen sharing well wishes to the school support for the school with a message in the video.
“Ponderosa Elementary School in Catlettsburg, Kentucky, is with you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers, and we hope things only get better from here! We hope our small gift encourages you to continue to do the most important thing in the world... teach young minds,” the message read.
The video which was put together by the principal of Ponderosa Elementary in Paradise, California has been shared throughout the country and by all 11 schools.
The video can be seen below: