Only one organization involved in the national school safety conversation funds a nationwide effort to keep our school children safe. That’s the National Rifle Association, through its NRA School Shield program, provided free of charge to any community interested in making its schools more secure.
Eric Kaiser, Chief of Police for the Jourdanton (Texas) Police Department, was the first police chief in the state of Texas to sponsor an NRA School Shield training event, and saw first-hand how the NRA School Shield program can help reduce the likelihood that a criminal can carry out a violent crime on the premises that hold our nation’s most valuable asset: our children.
Six schools in Carter County, Tennessee, have been awarded a grand total of $35,795 through the National Rifle Association School Shield Grant program. Many of the schools put in requests for upgrades to their two-way radio systems or additional radios. Other projects included emergency door alarms, security cameras, and security tint for windows.
NRA School Shield, in partnership with The NRA Foundation, has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to support vital school security projects and activities across the nation. A total of 54 grants were recommended to schools in 23 states, including both public and private K-12 educational institutions, aimed to help make our nation’s schools more secure by addressing known vulnerabilities through the implementation of industry best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training, and policy.
Incoming NRA President Oliver North reminds Americans that too many of our schools remain less protected than our sports stadiums and office buildings. This can’t last, and the NRA Foundation is committed to making a positive difference by offering financial assistance to schools across the country through our School Shield program.