Bank gives grant to Newport schools

Trevor Brittsan, of First Interstate Bank, presents a check to Shelley Moore (left), principal of Sam Case Elementary, and Kristin Becker (right), principal of Yaquina View Elementary. (Courtesy photo)

Trevor Brittsan, manager of the Newport branch of First Interstate Bank, presented a check for $2,409 to the Lincoln County School District to purchase lockdown blackout shades for Sam Case and Yaquina View elementary schools in Newport. The principal of Sam Case, Shelley Moore, and principal of Yaquina View, Kristin Becker, met Brittsan at Sam Case to receive the check and to show him one of the classrooms in need of a lockdown shade.

School officials said lockdown blackout shades are needed for interior classroom door windows for times when there is an imminent threat of danger and personnel need to quickly lock down each classroom. The goal in a lockdown is to immediately deny access and make classrooms look and sound unoccupied. With lockdown shades that are installed and simple to use, teachers will be able to conceal and secure their students more completely and quickly during critical incidents.

The lockdown blackout shades are custom made to fit the various sizes of interior classroom door windows. They are fire retardant and easy to deploy. They stay in the open position except during a Code Red Lockdown. The school district facilities and maintenance team does the installation.

The Lincoln County School District does Code Red Lockdown drills in all of its schools three times each year. To learn more about these lockdown drills, people can view a video online at vimeo.com/168858158. For additional information about the school district’s safety drills and protocols, go online at lincoln.k12.or.us/resources/family/safety.

School district officials expressed appreciation to First Interstate Bank’s continued partnership and investments in the safety and security of its schools. For the past three years, the bank has also contributed to funding a Newport School Resource Officer.

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