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CUSD CuperDoodle Helps Paradise Fire Victim

For Immediate Release                                                            Contact:  Leslie Mains

1/10/19                                                                                     (408) 252-3000  x61145                 




Family Adopted and Provided with Necessities and Words of Encouragement

CUPERTINO, CA – What happened in Paradise, California in late 2018 has touched many, directly and indirectly. When the students and families of the CuperDoodle Preschool program of Cupertino Union School District learned that the CuperDoodle director, Michelle Herriage, knew someone who lost everything in the fires, they sprung into action.

Right before Christmas, the preschool families and CuperDoodle employees adopted Paradise special ed teacher Shelley Brady and her family, which includes three children and a new grandbaby. In a short amount of time, the community rallied to provide diapers, baby clothes, gifts for Shelley and her kids, plus gift cards, and cash. In addition, and perhaps most inspiring, were the handwritten letters of encouragement given to each of Shelley’s family members and a beautiful card from the preschoolers themselves. 

The rebuilding of Paradise and the return to normalcy for its residents will take a very long time. Acts of kindness, such as demonstrated by CuperDoodle’s community, will give hope and comfort to them and others.

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The Cupertino Union School District is the largest elementary school district in northern California. The District is comprised of approximately 1,700 employees serving just over 17,000 students in 19 elementary schools, one K-8 school, and five middle schools throughout the city of Cupertino and parts of the cities of Sunnyvale, San Jose, Saratoga, Los Altos, and Santa Clara.