One Cool Thing: Surprise Climate Scholarship

Image: Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA via Wikimedia Commons

Shiva Rajbhandari and his classmates at Boise High School got more than they bargained for when they wrote a letter to a celebrity, asking if she would financially sponsor a student to take a Boise State University class on climate change. Instead, actress and activist Jane Fonda called Rajbhandari and offered to pay for everyone’s climate education. “It was the craziest thing,” he told the Idaho Statesman. “Jane Fonda called me on my cellphone. She was like, I want to pay.”

The legendary movie and television star had one condition, however. The students couldn’t stay behind their desks; they had to take action by delivering a petition to the desk of Representative Mike Simpson’s office. On Thursday, the student’s fulfilled their end of the deal, delivering 2 million signatures to Simpson’s office. This week, climate class is finally in session.

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