Roundup for Safety grant to provide student safety App

NEWS RELEASE

23 October 2019

Roundup for Safety grant to provide student safety App

A $1,450 Roundup for Safety grant will fund a smartphone app that Kalispell students can download for free and use for making anonymous reports to authorities. They can report anything from bullying/cyberbullying, suicide threats, drug/alcohol use, vaping, threats to the school, and other crimes. This app allows for two-way communication with the student, but they remain completely anonymous. In applying for the grant, School Resource Officer Dennis Bain said the project would benefit the nearly 4,000 students at Flathead High, Glacier High, Kalispell Middle School, and Linderman Education Center. He said It will allow the students to report issues before they turn into a more serious incident. Based on his own research, Bain says students are more likely to use this system of reporting due to the anonymity.

In addition to the Kalispell School District, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the October meeting to $23,200:

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – $4,000 for K-9 drug unit;

Creston Elementary District 9 – $5,750 for bleachers and mats;                                                                                                                               

Crown of the Continent Choir – $3,000 for wooden riser;

Flathead County 4-H Foundation – $2,000 for AEDs;

Trinity Lutheran – $4,000 for CPR manikins, CPR and AED trainer; and          

Whitefish Christian Academy – $3,000 for emergency door, lights, and fencing.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.