Boo Squad works to make Poland safer

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Principal Mike Masucci helped organize student members of the Boo Squad while they filled safety buckets for class rooms at Poland Union Elementary.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Heather Hrina Medvee, the creator of the Boo Squad, helped students fill buckets with whistles and other safety equipment on Nov. 12 at Poland Union Elementary school.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Students ages 3-15 gathered at Poland Union Elementary to fill buckets with safety supplies for all of the class rooms at the school on Nov. 12.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Poland members of the Boo Squad filled buckets with safety equiptment Nov. 12 at Poland Union Elementary School.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Student volunteer members of the Boo Squad filled safety buckets with rosters, first aid kits and other emergency supplies for class rooms at Poland Union Elementary School on Nov. 12.


Student members of the Boo Squad gathered at Poland Union Elementary School on Nov. 12 to create safety buckets for classrooms.

Boo Squad creator Heather Hrina Medvee said that the group is comprised of 3-15 year-olds in Mahoning County who are interested in volunteering.

“These students actively volunteer in the area,” Hrina Medvee said. “They just want to help make their school safer.”

According to Hrina Medvee the idea to create safety buckets came from parents of Poland Boo Squad members. The idea behind the buckets is that each classroom will have a centralized set of emergency supplies for any situation.

Hrina Medvee said the buckets were donated by Home Depot. Students filled the buckets with first aid kits, shower curtains for privacy, flash lights, water, batteries and more.

Each bucket also received an individualized class roster in plastic for teachers to have available.

“All the work is done by the students,” Hrina Medvee said.

She explained that its important for students to feel safe in their own schools, and by having them create these buckets themselves students feel they are making a difference.

“We want the kids to be involved so that they feel safe,” Hrina Medvee said.

Along with safety buckets, the Boo Squad has a number of projects planned throughout the year. Students collect food for the holidays, adopt families for Christmas and work on other projects with the goal of serving the community.

“The idea is that students of any age can make a difference in their communities, and we want to give them the tools to make that happen,” Hrina Medvee said.

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