A Call to Action
Besant Hill Fire Relief Fund
As you may be aware, Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, our faculty, students, and families, and our surrounding community have been in the path of the Thomas Fire that raced through campus, Ojai, and many parts of Ventura County. All students, faculty, staff, and pets were safely evacuated from campus; however, we lost four faculty homes, the students’ ceramics studio, the old barn from the 1920’s which was packed with items in storage, the entire maintenance department facility (including vehicles tractors, tools, etc..), yurt, and our archive building which housed the 70 year history of the school. It goes without saying, that we are grateful that all humans, pets, and the main part of campus survived, but the losses are devastating. All students are home safely on winter break, and the faculty who live on campus are temporarily being housed at a hotel in San Luis Obispo County.