For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg 719.532.8436

Paradise, California Educators Get Special School Lounge Makeover from California Casualty


San Mateo, CA, January 18, 2019 – Knowing the emotional and physical trauma the Camp Fire inflicted on educators in Paradise, California, California Casualty is providing a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® to make their time at school a little easier.

Despite losing homes and setting up classes in a temporary building 25 miles away in Chico, Paradise Intermediate School (PINT) staff are back at work helping students. The vacant Orchard Supply Hardware store where the school is now housed is not the most inviting environment. Employees have done the best that they can under the circumstances.

California Casualty, which provides auto and home insurance to CTA and ACSA members, is gifting the School Lounge Makeover to offer a more soothing, useful area for instructors and support personnel to take a break, relax and recharge.

Principal Cris Dunlap, who is one of 35 PINT staff members who lost a home in the fire, said this offer means so much. “We’ve focused so much on giving students a learning space and place to be with their teachers and friends. As educators, we put others ahead of ourselves. It’s so nice that California Casualty recognizes the valor of our teachers and everything they are doing to keep the district going and keeping kids happy and learning.”

“We’ve seen the dedication of administrators, teachers and staff firsthand and we’re proud to show our appreciation,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President, Mike McCormick.

Eon Office designers will be work with PINT staff to create the school lounge of their dreams. The finished project will be revealed later this spring. The lounge will be relocated back at Paradise Intermediate School once repairs there are completed.

Learn more about California Casualty’s School Lounge Makeover at

Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement, firefighters and nurses. Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown Family. More information can be found at

Paradise staff receiving the check

Paradise Intermediate School Staff and Paradise Unified School District personnel receiving the check.

California Casualty presenting the check

California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Christy Forward(left) presenting the makeover check to staff members of the Paradise Intermediate School and school district.

Classroom with gratitude sign

A classroom in the building with a “gratitude” sign.

The school integrated into a big box store

The school has integrated into in a big box store with the original overhead signs.