SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Northwestern Elementary School PTO is putting together 75 Safety Pack emergency kits for use during situations such as a lockdown or evacuation.
“Being prepared in case a situation arises is a comfort for students, teachers, staff, and parents,” NWES PTO President Natalie Driscoll said. “We’re always happy to do our part to support the school, and what could be more important than helping with safety?”
The Safety Packs will be put together Friday, April 5 in the Community Room in the athletic complex at Northwestern Local School District, 5610 Troy Road in Springfield.
“It was kind of a collaborative effort between teachers, our PTO and everyone coming together to make it happen,” said Luke Everheart, Northwestern Elementary principal.
Each kit will be filled with items such as first-aid kits, a white board, comfort toys, hand sanitizer, Lysol spray, parent contact info, school contact info, suckers, and Wet Wipes.
Classrooms with no bathrooms will also be given sanitation supplies.
To help offset the cost of supplies, the NWES PTO is partnering with area businesses and families interested in sponsoring a backpack.
Each sponsorship costs only $35 and donations will be tax deductible.
“We are looking for businesses who will help sponsor backpacks or families and individuals who will help offset that cost,” said Driscoll.
Any individual, family, or business that would like to sponsor a backpack can contact Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the group’s Facebook page – Northwestern Elementary PTO.
Driscoll says it feels good knowing teachers and students will have the tools they need.
“I think in today’s age in not being able to plan ahead for safety situations, you can do your best to be prepared and have plans in place,” said Driscoll.