One week ago right here, I ranted about the incredible heat in far too many of our public school classrooms and the need for immediate action and help. You see, in a moment of pure coincidence that led me to write about this issue yet again, I had just met Kristin Mullin, a new teacher at Farrington High School, who happens to be nine-months pregnant and teaches in one of these sweat box classrooms where paper towels serve as fans or sweat receptacles and black paper taped to classroom windows blocks the sun. Well, Sean Oliver, general manager at Best Buy Iwilei, happened to see my editorial last Monday night on KFVE and e-mailed me, asking how he could help by donating fans. I decided that since Kristin sparked my latest frustration at this annual inhumane heat issue, her school deserved the first shot at this generous offer from an activist businessman.
I called Farrington High Principal Al Carginilla, and by Friday last week, four fans were delivered by Best Buy to Al at Farrington High School for immediate use. 28 more fans were dropped off today! That's a win. And then there's state representative Matt LoPresti, who stepped up to help Campbell High get a bunch of fans, some paid for by a donor and some bought by Representative LoPresti through a discount at City Mill. 54 fans in total went to four leeward schools through a new "Cool Schools 4 Ewa" initiative. That's another win.
Kalaheo High's PTSA has organized an effort to seek donations in the Kailua area to help beat the heat.
Here's the bottom line- anybody can step forward and make a difference. Maybe we can get 200 more donors to donate 2,000 more fans to hot schools throughout the state. Now. Principals, teachers, parents, alumni, neighbors- speak up. Yes, it's not air conditioning and it might be just a band aid, but when it's 95 degrees or hotter every day in your classroom and it's only August, fans will surely provide some immediate relief. So thanks to Kristin, Sean, Al, Matt and the next 200 people or businesses who step forward to provide better air for our learning kids. One call, one e-mail, one effort- that's all it takes to make a big difference. Maybe lower temperatures will help to encourage higher test scores, or at least reduce heat stroke in school. Think about it…