Holy Name Catholic School receives $26,000 grant from State of Michigan

ESCANABA — Holy Name Catholic School (HNCS) is pleased to be the recipient of a grant totaling $25,995 from the State of Michigan.

The grant funds will pay for a new interior camera system, including new security cameras to be placed in the school classrooms and hallways, along with a server in the school office to handle the added technology. HNCS will complete the project over the summer of 2017, beginning with wiring.

Several years ago, through the generosity of Holy Name families’ donations, HNCS was able to install security doors, which was phase one of HNCS’s security project. Due to lack of additional funds, the second phase of the project, to install security cameras in classrooms and hallways, was postponed.

Now, with these funds from the State of Michigan, HNCS will be able to complete phase two.

In addition to completing the phase one security improvements, HNCS has been creating a safe school environment by having all staff members complete active shooter training provided by local law enforcement.

Holy Name Catholic School Principal Joseph Carlson is thankful for the State of Michigan for its generosity in providing the needed funds for this project. “We are humbled and grateful for the support of the State of Michigan to pay for phase two of our security system,” he said, “We truly feel this grant will help our school in reaching our goal not just to be a safe school, but to be the safest school in our area.”

“We also owe a special thanks to one of our school council members, Matt Flath, for diligently researching the technology and the costs of this project that the State of Michigan approved.”

Carlson also explained that with the implementation of security cameras in HNCS classrooms, hallways, and the updated server in the school office, the system will allow law enforcement to have remote access if there is ever an issue.

HNCS has also recently updated the school’s comprehensive safety plan, which includes project specifications detailing all pieces necessary to complete the security system project.

In addition, by the end of summer 2017, all faculty and staff will complete training by Rampart EMS in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); in using an automated external defibrillator (AED); along with EpiPen, first aid, and blood borne pathogens. This training is being made possible by an additional grant received by Holy Name for $4,220 from the Superior Health Foundation. This grant will be used to train HNCS faculty and staff in the skills needed to help adults and children during many emergency situations.

The grant requests were written by Holy Name Catholic School Alumni/Development Director Michelle Bink. According to Bink, the ultimate goal in fulfilling these grants is to have the safest possible environment for Holy Name Catholic School students and staff members.

This project is supported by the Competitive School Safety Grant Program, awarded by the State of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State of Michigan or the MSP.

Holy Name Catholic School, located at 409 So. 22nd Street, is currently offering registration for new students for the 2017-18 school year. Call the school office at 786-7550 for more information.