SOUTH BEND, Ind. - When kids go to school, we send them off to learn and grow, hoping they behave and do their very best.
Most importantly, we hope they are safe.
At Corpus Christi School in South Bend, they are working to make some simple safety changes.
Martin's Supermarkets presented them with a One School at a Time grant to help them with their efforts.
Times have changed at schools across America and there is more to worry about than test scores and school lunches.
Maggie Mackowiak, the principal at Corpus Christi, says, “We pride ourselves on being secure. And even at our recent open house, parents want to know about the curriculum, the teachers, the experience, but they are also now asking about what is your school security?”
Chris Samuels-Wade, a resource teacher, says, “if need be, we have to lock down. That's just the signs of the times.”
Corpus Christi is a Catholic School in South Bend in need of a few enhancements, and it all started when a key broke off in a door.
Mackowiak explains, “So when the locksmith came, he said ‘I can't put the same doorknob on. It has to be handicapped accessible.’”
Samuels-Wade says, “We didn't have the money to replace all the doorknobs, so I thought I'd write a grant to Martin’s and ask them to help us replace doorknobs.”
Corpus Christi wants to get ADA approved doorknobs that can lock on both sides of the door.
In the meantime, teachers are using rubber bands as a quick fix, as recommended by school safety experts in Indianapolis.
The rubber band allows students to open the door while the knob is locked. In the event of a lock down, the teachers pull the band and the door locks.
New door knobs will eliminate the rubber bands, and make this safe school, even safer.
You can nominate your school for a One School at a Time Grant.
The winning school gets $1,000 from Martin's Supermarket, and a new winner is picked each month.
Schools only need to apply once, and you can do so by going to MichianaSchools.com