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Bulking Up Security for Carson's Kids

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"Come on kids, let’s go. Come on guys..." Those are words that are very often heard at the Carson City Boys & Girls Club. It's a common scene there: groups of excited kids ready to have some fun. 450 come through the doors every day at the club, which now has some armor behind its bright, new modern look.  As executive director Katherine Leao told me, "What we are trying to do is create a more secure entrance so parents and members have to check it."

Heightened security is the biggest benefit of a $150,000 project there. It’s just about finished, and it couldn't be done soon enough. Katie and the rest of the crew know it's a different world now, and parents were talking: "They were. That's what we began to hear a lot is, is there a way to close this front entry off?" Safety now is so important donors covered most of the $150,000 cost. Leao said they “felt that we needed a safer and more secure Boys & Girls Club." Kids, parents and staff will notice the difference right away.

There are going to be cameras just about everywhere, part of a state of the art security system that will give them a 360-degree view of everything. Director of Operations Matt Sampson says, "We'll have a 360 degree view of knowing what exactly took place so that we can handle that and take caution for the next time. And we can see every single person that walks into our building, whereas before we had no visibility of anybody walking into our building…unless we leaned over the desk to see who's coming in."

As of now, no intruder can get in from outside. Sampson pointed to a secondary door by the front desk and told us, "This door remains locked at all times until a parent or visitor checks in with their ID." Even in the slim chance there’s trouble, "We now have radios that we can communicate with every single area of the club." And there’s a new lock-down system, emulating a national trend in schools. Sampson said, "We now have the ability to completely lock down our doors with the push of a button."

But here was the challenge: the building had to be inviting. Done, with flying bright colors. Matt says "Kids love bright colors. It’s statistically proven that if kids are surrounded by bright colors, they're thinking is impacted and they have better motor skills, better creative thinking skills."

For Matt, its exciting stuff. He's a Boys and Girls Club kid himself…from when he was nine years old. As he told me, "Because the club gave me a safe space, I want to be able to do it for the kids who come through our door. So, that's where it gets to me."

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