Streetsboro -- The school district received bucket loads of support from a local home improvement company.
The district acquired 120 5-gallon buckets that will be filled with items like water, food and hammers "to break glass if there has to be some sort of exit out the back of the classroom," Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said at the Feb. 13 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.
The buckets were donated by Home Depot, which has a location on Route 14 in Streetsboro. Daulbaugh said school officials plan to have "a bucket in every classroom."
It is an opportunity for school leaders to be proactive "if we are ever in a crisis situation in the building where students or staff are barricaded in their room," Daulbaugh said.
"We have over 120 classrooms in the district, and that would represent quite an expense [if the district paid for the buckets]," he said. "So Randy Tevepaugh [the district's director of buildings and grounds] wrote a letter to Home Depot, asking for them to support our program and donate those buckets. Home Depot came through."
The buckets "are very identifiable and obvious," Daulbaugh said, explaining that they will be easily spotted in an emergency.
Tevepaugh said the buckets are bright orange -- "not your typical white buckets. They will be well recognized throughout district."
"I would anticipate they will be placed near where the teacher's desk is," Tevepaugh said. "But it will be the same place in every classroom once that is decided."
Daulbaugh said the next step will be "to go out to our local businesses and try to get items to fill the buckets."
Besides food, water and hammers, Tevepaugh said the buckets likely will be filled with first-aid kits with bandages, tissues and baby wipes or sanitary napkins -- "anything we might deem necessary [for an emergency]."
Tevepaugh said the first load of 40 buckets arrived in the first week of February. He said by late March, all 120 buckets should be on hand. They will be stored in the district's maintenance department. He said he hopes the buckets will be filled and distributed to all the schools in the district by May.
"Our students will be able to identify the purpose of the buckets so when they come back to school in August, they'll be acclimated to them," Tevepaugh said. "We're looking forward to keeping our students as safe as we possibly can."
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