Letters — Hope For HAAS

Our students love our school. The students came up with this idea and produced this website to ask the general public to help keep HAAS alive. As you may know, there has been a lava outbreak that has traveled over 10 miles from its source which is Pu’u O’o. Over the past thirty years, all flows have been to the South, Southeast, and Southwest. On June 27, 2014 an outbreak appeared on the the northeast side of the crater. This flow has been threatening to cover Highway 130 and cut off lower Puna from the north side of the Pahoa area. You can see the map on this site: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/maps/uploads/image-136.jpg Right above the word Pahoa is a small triangle. That is HAAS main campus. There has been a resulting exodus of people and businesses and two schools from Pahoa area have closed (Montessori Country School and Kamehameha Early Education Program). As such, HAAS is over 100 students under our projected count. HAAS has steadily grown over the years. We average an increase of between 30 and 40 students per year. Last year, we educated 637 students in this area. This year we projected a normal growth to 680 students. Our current enrollment is at 560. Our charter system, as it exists does not have a contingency fund to help us. The DOE just spent $9M to move 17 portable classrooms to the Keaau campus to house 400 students. They took the funds from their fat Repair and Maintenance bucket. This means $500,000 or a half a million was spent on one classroom. $9M is three times the HAAS budget for 640 students. The $9M they spent does not even include equipment, supplies, electricity, food, teaching staff, and administration.
So with nobody to turn to, the students have created this website: http://www.hopeforhaas.org/
Please spread the word via all of your social media like facebook, twitter, linked in, etc. All we ask for is a dollar. hopefully, we will raise enough dollars to see us through this year. I want to thank you all in advance for helping our students continue their valuable education at HAAS.
Aloha, SteveHirakami

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