By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
ADA — A fundraising effort to outfit the doors at Ada Exempted Village Schools with “The Boot” is about a quarter of the way to its goal after launching in May.
The campaign is led by three moms — Kristin Purdy, Hillary Buxton and Amanda Henson — who wondered what else the district could do to ensure students’ safety.
“When moms get together, we start talking about our kids,” Purdy said.
Each of them has two children who attend Ada schools.
One night at dinner, the conversation turned toward school shootings and threats.
The district is “doing great things there with ALICE training and everything else,” Purdy said, but the mothers felt a door barricade would add to that security.
They spent several months researching options before deciding on The Boot from the Lockdown Co., the same device being installed in Findlay and Hancock County schools.
The Boot is a metal plate attached to the bottom of a door. It has two steel pegs that can be lowered into holes drilled in the floor. The device prevents an intruder from opening the door.
In addition to The Boot, the campaign is also fundraising for metal placards that will display room numbers.
Right now, numbers are flat against the wall, but the Lockdown Co.’s product is “a tent-like placard” that stands out so first responders can find a specific room more easily, Purdy said.
It will cost about $350 per door to install The Boot and a placard, for a total cost of $44,000. As of last week, $11,450 had been raised.
The project was approved by the school board around the end of the school year. The three women have mostly been getting the word out via word-of-mouth and their Facebook page, Boots For Bulldogs.
Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 244, Ada 45810.
Checks should be written to the Military Order of the Purple Heart with “Boots For Bulldogs” in the memo line, Purdy said.
That organization is collecting the money so donations would be tax-deductible, without the parents having to set up their own organization, Purdy said. All money designated for The Boot will go toward that effort.