Vale School District shows Viking pride with relief drive for fire victims

Vale High School junior Tanner Steele loads food boxes last week as part of a local effort to help fire victims in western Oregon. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Last week, Vale Elementary School principal Theresa Meiwald prepared for a quick trip to western Oregon.

Meiwald’s drive was no ordinary excursion to the other side of the state.

Her journey capped a weeklong effort by the Vale School District and the community to help victims of the Santiam Canyon wildfires. Hundreds in the canyon east of Salem lost their homes or businesses to the fires.

The donation effort was spearheaded by the high school associated student body and FFA officers, said Alisha McBride, district superintendent.

McBride said the idea for the project came after a virtual meeting of state school superintendents last . . .