Tacos to boost school security

SHERBURN – The first fundraiser for a Martin County West school safety group formed earlier this year is scheduled for June 7-8.

Martin County West – Secure Our Students will host a “Tacos in the Pocket Park” event in the park located next to the Old Alley Quilt Shop in Sherburn. It will coincide with citywide garage sales. Money raised will go toward buying security and surveillance equipment for the three Martin County West school buildings.

The organization was formed as an answer to parents’ and community members’ concerns about school security and safety. Its mission is to assist in ongoing safety upgrades that include not only security cameras, but also an auto-dialing phone system that will call, text or e-mail parents and families of students with school-related safety messages.

MCW-SOS also has begun working with the Sherburn Civic and Commerce group to help receive donations.

Rob Wendt, president of Sherburn C&C, said several Sherburn businesses and individuals have stepped up to help.

“Most of the meat and the seasoning for the meat has been donated,” he said. “It’s not all confirmed, but many of the businesses have offered to help with different things.”

The goal for MCW-SOS is to raise $2,000 to cover the auto-dialing phone system so it will be in place for the 2013-14 school year. The group also hopes to raise $40,000 by mid-2014 for the school’s security camera systems.

Tacos in the Pocket Park will be served 5-7 p.m. June 7 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8. For more information or to make a donation, contact Wendt at the Sherburn Civic and Commerce Office at (507) 764-2234, or Kristin Gaalswyk of MCW-SOS at (507) 236-7913.