COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - A group of students is raising money for security measures in their school, including shatter-resistant glass.
Remy Young, a junior at Collinsville High School, said, “Instead of just wanting other people to change things for us, we’re going to go ahead and prep just in case things could go wrong here.”
Young and fellow student council member Lexi Draper heard of other student councils hosting a Philanthropy Week. They decided to bring the idea to Collinsville High.
Draper said, “Our student council teacher, Ms. Sheehan, brought it to our attention that there was a shatter-proof glass that could potentially deter shooters.”
The light bulb went off in their heads, and they found a heavy-duty window film. The students plan to put the film on all outward facing doors and windows, making the glass more shatter-resistant and keeping all of the glass in one place. It will also buy some time for law enforcement to arrive in the event of a shooting.
Draper said, “We actually went out to our ECC and measured doors. We’ve talked to a rep. We’ve watched video of the glass in actual action. We’ve felt the glass. We’ve done all that stuff.”
Once the students raise their $7,000 goal through fundraisers like bake sales, bucket donations, a yoga night, and donations to the office, they will start implementing the project with the youngest students in Collinsville at the Early Childhood Center.
The senior explained, “Then we’ll go up to our lower elementary and our higher elementary. Hopefully, one day, we’ll have every school in the district done.”
And with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Early Childhood Center’s PTA, a camera and intercom system will also be installed at the school’s front door.
Administrators like Campus Security Director Daniel Boggs are thrilled with the project. Boggs said, “It made the public feel a little bit safer, the parents feel a little bit better. As law enforcement, it gives us a sense of just an extra layer of protection.”
And it all stems from the minds and resources of students. Boggs added, “They’re putting all this effort and time into changing the school for their brothers or sisters, their future family.”
Young explained, “We want to be proactive instead of waiting for something to happen. We want to take any charge we can to protect our kids and to make Collinsville a better and safer environment.”
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