THAYER -- High School students in some clubs and organizations at Thayer High School will grab their paint and stencils May 9 in an effort to make the community safer.
Thayer High School Principal Kevin Hedden said members of the Future Business Leaders of America, (FBLA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members have teamed up with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety (MCRS).
"The students will be painting buckle up stenciled messages at the entrances to several parking areas, free of charge around the Thayer community May 9," the principal said.
According to Chris Rutledge from MCRS, the stencils have been painted in other areas of southern Missouri with great success.
"Anyone who has visited West Plains, for example, may have already seen this stencil," he said. "We are pleased the FBLA and FCCLA members in Thayer understand the importance of buckling up and are taking time to share that message with others in the community."
Hedden said the stencil will be five-feet long and two-feet wide.
"During this time of year, around prom and graduation, our focus tends to be on providing good examples and programs that help keep our kids safe," the principal said.
Hedden said the community, churches and businesses, are invited to have their parking areas stenciled that day and may be added to the stenciling list by calling Thayer High School at 264-7261.
"The students will stencil as many areas as possible May 9. If they cannot get them all done that day they will work to the end of school to accommodate the request not filled that day," Hedden said.
The principal said the Thayer School system, for several years has been involved in projects and programs to help keep the students at the school safe.
"For example we promote the prom lock-in. This program, in cooperation with MoDOT, is just one more way for us to make our students aware of the importance of safe behavior and practices," Hedden said.
He said school officials are looking into other programs to promote safety for the students.