Private school’s students, staff raise enough money for new security cameras

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 21, 2007 - Little Acorn School has kept watch over untold numbers of young students in its 30 years of operation.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Little Acorn School director Angie Chester (back) smiles as students (right to left) Aniston Darling, 3, Charleigh Potts, 5, and Hannah Shultz, 4, point to the rest of the kids on the screen when they see them through one of the security cameras recently installed in the private school at Shannon Oaks Church.

Now, the school's staff can keep an even closer eye on their young charges — as well as anyone else who ventures into the private school.

Little Acorn School, located at Shannon Oaks Church, recently installed eight security cameras and plan to add four more cameras in the near future, according to Little Acorn Director Angie Chester.

The move came not in response to any special needs or difficulties, but simply as another way to “make the school a little bit better.”

The school board approved the expenditure, which was paid for largely through the fundraising efforts of the 60 students and staff members of Little Acorn, with a little help in donations by Shannon Oaks Church.

The school hosts a few fundraisers every year to help fund school projects and improvements. Over the last year, the school’s children — who range in age from 18 months to kindergartners — and staff members held three fundraisers: a gift basket raffle, a cookbook sale, and selling chocolate-dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day.

Eight cameras were installed in all hallways and at each door entrance, so that all routes into and out of the preschool area can be monitored at all times for the safety and protection of students and teachers.

�They�re in the hallway so we can watch every door,� Chester said.�

Staff can monitor and watch what’s going on at all times at Little Acorn, alerting them when parents or other visitors enter or leave the building, who’s in what areas, what the students and staff are doing, and even show when someone enters or exits a restroom.

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