When they found out their school might close, hundreds of students at a Kearny Mesa public charter school immediately reached into their pockets and donated $200 to the school.
The School for Entrepreneurship and Technology is nearly $500,000 in debt and may have to close if they can’t reach $300,000 by the end of the month.
“We kind of expected there to be 40 to 50 more students in our door and that kind of equates to a lot of money,” says Assistant Principal Darrell McClendon.
Teacher Nicky Geis says she was devastated when he found out the school might close. “I love this school and we as a staff, it was, it was tough,” she says.
Geis tells NBC 7 that when the students found out the school might close they started brainstorming ideas to raise money. My students were like, 'Mrs. G! We got this idea! We got this idea! What if we do this? What if we do that?'”
So far, the school’s Go Fund Me page has raised nearly $7,000 of their $500,000 goal. “The clock is ticking and the clock is ticking louder,” McClendon says. “This is not a plea to save our jobs. It's a plea to save our kids.”