In its first year of competition, a robotics team from Molokai Middle School has a chance to go to the world championships in Anaheim, Calif.
As detailed in a story in Friday's Maui News, the team prevailed at the Hawaii VEX IQ tournament to win its chance in the international competition.
The California championships will take place April 23 to 26. But the team needs to raise $16,000 - quickly - to pay for the trip and airfare for six student participants and two teacher coaches.
Some notes about the students and their school:
* Molokai Middle School was named the "most improved public school in Hawaii" by the state Board of Education.
* All of the students on the winning team are Native Hawaiians.
* Molokai Middle School was the only non-Oahu team to qualify for the world championships.
The kids' principal is frank and proud when he assesses his school's winning team:
"They went from zero to qualifying for world championships, that's their natural innate abilities coming through," Gary Davidson said.
Now, though, all of us need to help the team take their next logical step and go to the world championships. There are two ways you can make a donation to the cause:
On the Internet, visit www.gofundme.com/7kbonk and select a reward level of $20, $50 or $100 (more levels show up on the next page when you click on one of these). Then fill out your credit card information.
Or, send a check to: Molokai Middle School, 2175 Lihipali Ave., Hoolehua 96729 (indicate on check "Social Media-Gofundme").
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