Tonawanda News

November 9, 2013

St. Amelia seeks help to win grant

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — St. Amelia School is looking for a little help from its friends.

The Catholic elementary school in the Town of Tonawanda is a contender for a Together for Safer Schools security grant from Stanley Security Solutions, a company that produces safety systems such as locks, alarm systems and video surveillance for schools, hospitals, stores and other sites.

The top vote-getting school will win the grand prize of $200,000 in security products and services, said Ben Huffcut, the school’s enhancement director

Those products could include video surveillance equipment, audio and visual control systems, safety programs, “a whole bunch of technology,” he said, as well as new locks, shatterproof doors and windows and other elements.

“It’s real high-tech safety equipment, just to make everything far safer,” he said. “We already have video monitors, security cameras, locks we can contol. This would just take it to a whole new level and update all our previous security protocols.”

Three runners-up in the contest will win $100,000 in products and services. Each vote is also an entry for the school to win a smaller daily prize.

People can vote daily at or by texting “St. Amelia School Tonawanda” to 99222 through Dec. 13. Winners will be notified in December; prizes will be awarded in 2014.

As of Friday morning, St. Amelia was acquitting itself fairly well in the voting for a small school, coming in at 86th out of nearly 1,000 schools.

“It’s hard because we’re a small school,” Huffcut said. “Every little vote helps.”

TO HELP • Visit or text "St. Amelia School Tonawanda" to 99222.