PARADISE (CBS13) — Students at Paradise Ridge Elementary school got a special visitor Wednesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom stopped by to meet with students and tour the school that is open for the first time since the Camp Fire last November.READ MORE: International Women's Day: Celebrating Women In The Air Force
Paradise Ridge is at the location of the former Paradise Intermediate campus. It now combines two TK-6 schools, Paradise Elementary, which was burned down in the Camp Fire, and Ponderosa Elementary, which was damaged in the fire.
In a visit with young students, Newsom told the kids about his first pet, Potter the Otter.
.@GavinNewsom made a surprise visit to Paradise Ridge Elementary school today.
Paradise schools are open for first time since the #CampFire, with the help of funding sought by the Governor.READ MORE: Stockton Gets Poor Ranking In New ‘Happiest Cities’ Study
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) August 21, 2019
The first bill governor Newsom signed into law in January provided emergency funding that helped rebuild the community in Paradise.MORE NEWS: Bernie Sanders Says ‘Extremist Republicans’ Are Behind Effort To Recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom
This was Newsom’s fourth trip to Paradise since the Camp Fire.