Fruita Middle School group fundraising for security door

Fruita Middle School PTA President Kristin Koper flies a sign hoping to collect donations for a security door at the middle school. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association plans to raise money exclusively for this project — a $10,000 electronic security door — hoping to get it installed by the first of next year.

The main entrance to Fruita Middle School takes visitors through two glass doors and into a foyer, where secretaries and other office personnel can see them for the first time since they entered the building.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association would like to install a third wall and doorway between the foyer and a school hallway so visitors would have to walk into full view of office staff before being allowed to enter the rest of the school. The extra wall would offer more protection against having the wrong people wander the school while still giving parents an open, welcoming space to wait for students or drop things off, according to PTA Treasurer Leslie Canup.

“It’s something office staff have been discussing for a while,” Canup said. “It will be a permanent fixture so it won’t just benefit next year’s kids but kids for years to come.”

In hopes of raising $10,000 for the proposed project, Canup, PTA President Kristin Koper and PTA Secretary Marisa Torchea patrolled the exterior of the school Friday after classes let out in hopes of gathering donations from parents as they parked to pick up their students. Canup said the PTA decided to fundraise for the project because they were told the school and District 51 did not have funding for an extra door at this time and they didn’t want to wait potentially months trying to secure a grant.

“We want to build (the door) over the summer so kids can have it at the start of school” this August, Torchea said, holding a plastic bowl awaiting donations outside the school Friday afternoon.

PTA members will be outside the school taking collections again after dismissal at 2:40 p.m. May 9 and May 16. Anyone who donates $100 or more will get a plaque or some sort of recognition, Koper said.

The association also welcomes any volunteer efforts, as long as they’re approved by the school district. An architect has already agreed to draw up plans for the door pro bono.

If making a donation in person is not possible, anyone can send a contribution to the project to Fruita Middle School, 239 N. Maple St., Fruita, CO 81521.


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