Camino School Receives Latrobe Fund Grant for Generator

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 21, 2020 / comments

[Dina Gentry, EDCOE Communications Director]

The Camino Union School District (CUSD) will have the ability to keep their food storage safe during power outages thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Latrobe Fund that CUSD received in 2019. The generator was installed in October by Carnahan Electric and receives fuel from propane provided by Ferrell Gas. “This generator gives CUSD the ability to keep our freezer and refrigerator running when the school loses power,“ CUSD Superintendent/Principal Matt Smith explained. “Thank you to the Latrobe Fund, Carnahan Electric and Ferrell Gas for making it possible.”

The PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events caused CUSD to close their doors a total of seven days during the 2019-20 school year. These events threatened the school’s large food supply which is delivered once per month. “The concern was that we could lose over $30,000 worth of food if our freezer and refrigerator were shut down due to no power for any significant time. At one point, we were without power for three days. The generator allows us to keep our freezer and refrigerator running regardless of power,” Smith continued.

Almost 60% of CUSD students are on a Free and Reduced Lunch program, and their Title One School status allows them to receive significant deliveries of food from USDA. The first power outage lasted three days and took place after a large USDA delivery. They would have lost their product. “Carnahan Electric and Ferrell Gas went well out of their way to make sure our generator was up and running through the power outages, and we lost none of our food. The generator was installed the day before the power outage, but we couldn’t get the propane gas hooked up in time. Ferrell Gas brought us 100 gallon tanks of propane and hooked up our generator in a temporary fashion to get us through the first days of outage. Then they came back and did our permanent hook up for propane, just in time before the second outage. On the day of the second outage, Carnahan and Ferrell were able to get everything hooked up and running before the outage,” Smith added.

The Latrobe Fund was founded in January 2019 by two philanthropists who reside in the Latrobe and Lake Tahoe areas. Grants are generally awarded to causes supporting the environment, nature, animals, history, art,  seniors, First Responders, children and families in need, transition of foster children to adulthood and education. In 2019, the Latrobe Fund awarded 62 grants totaling $402,750 to 34 non-profit organizations including $20,000 in scholarships to El Dorado County high school seniors. For more information on grant opportunities, contact their Director of Funding Liz Drummond at (916) 804-9799.