Students Help Teacher Following Natural Disaster

Teacher Receives Amazing Surprise From Students Reesa Partida evacuated her home early on Friday morning to escape the Woolsey fire barreling towards the community. A few hours later, the...

Teacher Receives Amazing Surprise From Students

Reesa Partida evacuated her home early on Friday morning to escape the Woolsey fire barreling towards the community. A few hours later, the Van Nuys High School dance teacher was back at work, instructing her students in Room 424, as if it were like any other day.

The dance teacher said: “I’d rather be dancing with my kids than sitting around watching the news and watching the mountains burn. They’re special people.” When her husband returned Saturday to check on their home, a modest one-bedroom unit they were renting inside a larger house, he found it reduced almost entirely to ash and rubble.

Now, Partida’s dedication to her students is being repaid. Her students learned Partida had lost her home, they knew they wanted to help their teacher. They set up a GoFundMe page for Partida, with the goal of raising $5,000.

Several students began texting each other asking what they could do to help their teacher. “It was the only thing to do for a teacher who goes the extra mile for them”, senior Zoe Rodriguez, 17 said.

Everyone has their own reasons, Rodriguez said, and for her, it was because Partida gave her the confidence to pursue her interest in musical theater. Rodriguez said: “She is definitely someone who encourages people to believe in themselves and to believe in our abilities — integral to who she is.”

Partida, who was staying at her parents’ place in California, said she was “blown away by the amount of love and support” coming from her students. A very heart warming connection between students and teacher.

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