California Businessman Gives $1,000 To Each Student And Teacher At Paradise High School – Totaling $1.1 Million – In The Wake Of Deadly Wildfires

A businessman pained over the destruction to the town of Paradise caused by the deadly Northern California wildfire has given $1,000 each to students and staff members from the local high school. Real estate developer and restaurant owner Bob Wilson arrived in the nearby city of Chico Tuesday with two suitcases stuffed with checks totaling $1.1 million for Paradise High School’s 980 students and 105 teachers and staff members. Wilson is from the San Diego area and said he thought of the donation after reading a Los Angeles Times story about the high school still standing with students scattered and separated from each other. Wilson is 90 and said in an interview that his memories of high school in the 1940s inspired him to act. The blaze that started November 8 leveled Paradise, destroying more than 13,000 homes and left about 90 percent of the students with charred homes. School Principal Loren Lighthall said he thinks about 900 students lost their homes because of the Camp Fire. Wilson said his intention was to make the kids smile and “give a little freedom to do whatever they wanted to do and maybe take their minds off what happened for a short period.”

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