Students at Watsonville's Rolling Hills Middle School, home of the Bobcats, decided to support one of their own with a fundraiser this fall.
The kids rallied to help a young female bobcat kitten injured in the Chips Fire near Lake Almanor this year, aptly named "Chips." She suffered second-degree burns on her paws and is recovering at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.
Students collected more than $380, humanities teacher Mike Donegan reported.
"Each grade level participated in a classic ‘penny war’ by adding coins to their jar for points and adding dollar bills to the other grade levels for negative points," Donegan said in an email to Patch.
The kitten was barely old enough to open her eyes when the Mad River Hand Crew spotted her during patrol and mop-up operations on the north end of the fire.
The check will be sent to the wildlife center this week.