By Tori Mason

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– Students at Tennyson Knolls Elementary School used art on Wednesday to help California students displaced by wildfires. Classes created posters with messages of solidarity and support for students in Paradise, Calif. who lost their schools to the Camp Fire earlier this month.

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Paradise students will return to school in unfamiliar, temporary classrooms next week. The wildfire killed at least 88 people earlier this month.

Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has destroyed numerous homes and businesses in a matter of hours. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“The idea is to make the temporary school more kid friendly for these students who have lost so much,” said Tennyson Knolls Principal Heather McGuire.

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McGuire’s friend, Jessica McMahon, is a teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School in California. But McMahon lost much more than her classroom.

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“She lost her home. She lost everything,” explained McGuire. “She said they don’t need books or anything like that. A lot of other companies are reaching out. So, I thought why not have our kids do something for them that could lift their spirits.”

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Students filled the colorful posters with notes of encouragement. They hope their artwork will help students adjust to their new surroundings.

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Wildfire Resources

– Visit’s Colorado Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

Tori Mason is an award-winning reporter for CBS4 This Morning. Follow her on Twitter @ToriMasonTV.


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