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Boise Public schools Education Foundation seeks donations after Arbor Crossing Apartment fire

Posted at 9:26 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 23:26:32-05

The Boise Public schools Education Foundation say 28 students from 12 families have been displaced. School leader are now working to help the students with everything they need to stay in school.

The Arbor Crossing Apartment fire hit students at Boise schools hard.  The Boise Public schools Education Foundation say 28 students from 12 families have been displaced. School leader are now working to help the students with everything they need to stay in school.

With close to 30 students from 5 different Boise Public Schools displaced, the Boise Public school Education Foundation is diving into their S.A.F.E. funds. S.A.F.E.  or student Aid Fund for Emergencies, is a program that provides students and their families with basic necessities during a time of need, from helping students pay for school supplies to making sure the rent and bills are paid, and the deadly arbor crossing apartment complex fire has left many in need.

"In my 20 years as working as social worker in the school district I cannot think of an incident that meets the scale of what this one does and the impact that it's had on the number of families and students that we're seeing right now, " said Scott Crandell a social worker with the Boise School District.

In most cases, The S.A.F.E. fund has money ready to help those who need it most.  But with the fire happening so close to the end of the year they say most the fund is already gone.

"Right now the balance is very low nowhere near what we need to help assist these families in getting into new homes," explained Crandell.

Now the foundation is asking for your help this holiday season. They are trying to raise $10,000 for the families by December 31st for the S.A.F.E. program. In just two days they have raised over $4,000.

"Several of our families want to use for deposit and rent to get into another place. Other families would like to use it to purchase furniture, even as simple as buying cloths," said Crandell.

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