CHICO, Calif. — The Butte Strong fund announced a grant for the Butte County Office of Education to address child trauma from the Camp Fire.
The grant totals $232,000 and will be used to fund counselors to be deployed at schools to support students and staff from January to June of the current school year.
The grant also will cover Butte County Office of Education's request to produce, plan and ensure that mental health services are delivered to schools throughout Butte County. A two to three year strategic plan will be put in place that will support ongoing assistance to districts and schools after funding is extinguished.
"That will provide onsite counselors at schools in addition to one counseling coordinator who will come up with a two and three year plan to make sure that long term needs for these kids are met," said David Little, the Director of Communications for the North Valley Community Foundation.
Right now children affected by the Camp Fire are spread out throughout Butte County.
The Butte Strong Fund was created in early January with a partnership between the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.
The Butte Strong Fund administered through the North Valley Community Foundation is at almost $40 million dollars.