Tupelo High School competes for online safety grant

By Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High School is in an online competition to win up to $200,000 in school safety products.

The school is among about 1,000 nationally nominated for the Stanley “Together for Safer Schools” grant program. Online voting began on Nov. 5 and continues until Dec. 13.

The school with the most votes will receive $200,000 in Stanley Security installed products and services. Three runners-up will receive $100,000 in products and services.

People can vote once each day from each device they use. They can vote online at stanleysaferschools.com or by sending a text message with “Tupelo High Tupelo, MS” to 99222.

“It is a great opportunity, and I encourage everyone in the community to vote,” TPSD Assistant Superintendent Matthew Dillon said. “We are committed to having safe and orderly schools across our district.”

The school would use the grant to upgrade security cameras and make other improvements, Dillon said. The grant also would allow the district to concentrate its own resources on other campuses.

“Children should be safe, especially when they are in school,” said TPSD Grant Coordinator Tracey Taylor.

Winners will be notified in December, and prizes will be awarded in 2014.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com