WESTFIELD, NJ — A fundraising campaign to buy air conditioning units for the approximately 40 percent of Westfield High School classrooms that have none has met its goal of $13,000, WHS Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson announced Tuesday.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that the WHS Air Conditioner Campaign has been an awesome success!” WHS Principal Derrick Nelson said in a written statement. “In less than a month we have received over $13,000 to provide AC units for all of the classrooms that currently do not have them. I would like to thank all of the Westfield community that donated to this worthy cause. We received donations from alumni, parents, community members, as well as assistance from a local business to help complete this project.
“I would also like to especially thank the WHS Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO) for spearheading this endeavor and making it your own,” he wrote. “Without your help, this would not have happened at the lightning pace it did. They created a buzz about the project via multiple social media sites, the local newspapers and word of mouth. Through their efforts, WHS students will be more comfortable during the warmer months of the school year, which will in turn help to provide a better learning environment for all. We will be working with the district maintenance department to develop a tentative timeline to have all of the units installed.”