Damien Memorial School students feel a bit cooler

Published: Jan. 14, 2009 at 11:05 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2009 at 8:25 PM HST
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Bernard Ho
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Jerick Sablan
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By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Damien Memorial School students feel a bit cooler nowadays. New additions to their classrooms have them thinking more about studying than the perspiration under their arms.

For students there, fans were the only way to keep cool in these stuffy classrooms.

But for the first time in the school's history, every room now has an air conditioner.

"Classes were a little draggy, hot, hard to focus and now that we have air conditioning, it provides a good environment for us students to learn," Damien junior Jerick Sablan said.

School president Bernard Ho says it'll not only keep the students focused on school work, but it's environmentally friendly as well.

"Fortunately, we selected the air conditioner unit that qualified for a rebate as being energy efficient, being quiet and we were able to realize a 30 percent rebate," Ho said.

That equals a savings of nearly $6,000.

"Students morale, focus learning, comfort for the teachers and ultimately we hope that we can see better testing results," Ho said.

Another added benefit from this project gives the school freedom to go ahead with plans for putting more technology into classrooms.

"It's nice to come into a cool room, especially like on a hot day like this," Sablan said. "Us students, we wanted air conditioning for awhile so to hear that the administration was planning on it, it got all of our hopes up."

About 40 units were installed in 20 rooms. The $30,000 project finished up just before Christmas.

Teachers say since the temperatures in the classrooms have gone down, so too have the complaints.