Burr Oak Community Schools will soon be equipped with Nightlock Lockdown classroom door barricades, thanks in part to the St. Joseph County United Way.
Kelly Hostetler, executive director of the local United Way agency, said her board of directors made a commitment to fund half the cost to any school countywide wishing to have Nightlocks.
Burr Oak Community Foundation came on board quickly, providing the $750 remaining that it needed to raise. Burr Oak Community Schools superintendent Terry Conklin wished to thank all parties involved.
Through the program, 50 doors at Burr Oak Community Schools will be equipped with Nightlocks, which allow a teacher to immediately lock the door from inside the classroom. Anchored securely to the floor, Nightlocks use the strength of the floor and can withstand 1,500 pounds of force.