An important project that will enhance school safety in every school building in the district was just completed! 24 volunteers from several local churches offered their sewing skills to assist with the project to create and install over 200 custom made blinds over every classroom door window in each school building in the district. Elida high school students also participated in the project. Students in Mrs. Jones’ & Mrs. Cressman’s Resource class helped with sewing, ironing and cutting of the materials. During normal class time, it is recommended that doors should remain closed and locked, but windows should remain unobstructed. This allows administration the ability to see in classrooms as they walk through their building. However, in the event of an emergency situation involving an intruder in the buildings, teachers can quickly cover the windows with these custom made blinds which have quick-release straps, allowing them to easily conceal their classrooms and students from view.
According to Elida Schools Director of Curriculum & Instruction Julie Simmons, the volunteers help with the project was invaluable. "Student & staff safety is always an administration's top priority and we are so grateful for their time and talents to help us maintain safe environments for our staff and students. We also appreciate the funds that were available to us from the Ohio Attorney General’s School Safety Grant.
The sewing volunteer coordinator for the project, Mary Early, is a member of Elida Immanuel Church. “We were so happy to be able to assist with this project and many volunteers eagerly joined in.” Members from Lima Community Church of the Nazarene and Elida’s St. Paul’s United Methodist Church were also very instrumental in the sewing project.
The volunteers used the Elida “Bulldog” mascot themed materials for the window coverings and used over 100 yards of fabric and other materials on the project which started in January 2022.