Chico, CA -- The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund at the North Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $175,000 through 13 grants to schools and students from Paradise and Magalia.
The grants include money for an athletic training facility, yearbooks for high school students, annual overnight field trips, books, playground equipment, classroom supplies and more.
"It is such an honor and privilege to help guide and support Aaron Rodgers in his Camp Fire recovery work; not because I've been a huge football fan for years, but because I've gotten to see the quality of his character and the genuine care in his heart," said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the NVCF.
Rodgers, the Butte County native and Green Bay Packers quarterback, started the fund with a $1 million donation after the Camp Fire devastated Paradise, Magalia, Concow and other
surrounding areas on Nov. 8. His initial donation was augmented by State Farm and hundreds of other contributions. It now totals more than $3 million.
Rodgers’ fund focuses on children’s programs (both in school and after school), youth sports,school sports, and transitional and permanent housing when government support or insurance coverage is lacking.
Among the grants awarded in February:
● $24,900 for buying yearbooks for all Paradise High School students this year, and also paying for books from previous years to give to seniors who lost those keepsakes in the fire.
● $50,000 for equipment and supplies for a modular athletic training room at Paradise High School.
● $25,000 for 106 sixth-grade students in Paradise Unified School District to attend the Shady Creek Environmental Camp for five days and four nights.
● $14,300 for 50 fifth-graders at Paradise Elementary School to attend an overnight field trip in San Francisco.
● $1,700 for tricycles, soccer balls, sand play toys and other recess play equipment at Ponderosa Elementary School.
See a complete list of grants at https://www.nvcf.org/aaron-rodgers-fund-grants-made/
The Aaron Rodgers fund is also one of three key founders of the Butte Strong Fund, along with the NVCF and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.