COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today met with Kohlton Calvey, a 4th grade student at Claymont Intermediate School in Dennison, Ohio.
After his school was placed on lockdown, Kohlton was inspired to begin an initiative to raise funds to purchase safety barricades for every classroom door in his school. So far, he has raised over $2,000 from private donors and special fundraisers.
“I was very impressed with Kohlton’s leadership and his dedication to making his school safe," said Senator Hottinger. “He saw a need and addressed it. His proactive ideas and call to action are a good example for other members of our community to emulate."
In 2015, Hottinger amended Senate Bill 125 into the state budget to allow school districts to use and implement additional door locking systems during hostile intruder situations.
Now that Kohlton has raised enough money for barricades for his school, he hopes to continue his initiative to raise $15,000 to cover all buildings in Claymont City School District.
Kohlton and his initiative have been featured on various Ohio news outlets such as Fox 8 and NBC 4.