AN ANONYMOUS DONOR WILL MATCH ALL DONATIONS UP TO $50,000 - REACHING $50,000 WILL GET US TO OUR $100,000 GOAL
Our goal is to get air conditioning in every classroom at the High School of Fashion Industries (HSFI), so our students can learn in comfort and not oppressive, stifling heat and humidity in May, June and during our summer session. Founded in 1926, HSFI is a public NYC high school serving over 1,700 students, grades 9-12. Our brick building was built in 1940 and, while it has lovely pre-war charm, it lacks what we’ve all come to expect as a necessity--air conditioning. HSFI students study all the traditional academic classes like Math, English, History and Science and, in addition, have majors including fashion design and visual merchandising. When, in a typical fashion design room, we run 30 sewing machines it becomes unbearable.
Currently, 23 out of our 91 classrooms have air conditioning. Our goal is to add 56 AC units and 32 electrical room upgrades. For each unit, it costs $1200 for the air conditioner and installation frame, and $1000 for the electrical upgrade--a total $2200 for both the unit and electric work. The grand total we need to raise to make sure every HSFI student learns in a comfortable environment is $100,000. Our target date for reaching this goal is March 31, 2017 – enough time to get them installed before the heat waves hit.
Every single one of our current and future students and their families will be so appreciative and thankful for this donation – the positive impact on student learning will be great! If you want to learn more about the High School of Fashion Industries, please visit our school website at www.fashionhighschool.net
Daryl Blank, Principal