A grassroots effort to help cool classrooms at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School has surpassed its goal.
In August, Tony-Award-nominated Broadway actress Loretta Ables Sayre launched “Fans For Nanakuli” on social media.
Her goal was to donate 250 oscillating fans for the school.
The drive ultimately collected 316 donated fans thanks to “support from communities across Hawaii and from as far away as New York and Australia,” Ables Sayre said.
“Some of the most impactful messages of support came from retired teachers and Hawaii public school alums recalling how hot the classrooms have been for years and how challenging it’s for students to effectively learn in sweltering conditions,” she added.
“The fans provided immediate relief for students and teachers and have made a difference in the classrooms,” said Robin Kitsu, director and instructor for Nanakuli High School Performing Arts Center. “Each classroom received at least three fans with some of the larger rooms, such as our Career Technical Education classrooms, getting four.”
Ables Sayre mentors students with Nanakuli Performing Arts Center. She said many of them weren’t able to focus in the heat.