Students in the fast-growing Frisco Independent School District will benefit from an extra security presence on school campuses, thanks to the donation of an additional patrol vehicle from Horace Mann Insurance and Caliber Collision as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program.
The two businesses presented FISD with keys to the vehicle during the regular School Board meeting on September 12 and were recognized for their partnership.
According to Kevin Haller, director of security for Frisco ISD, the addition of the new patrol vehicle will help protect District assets and enhance visibility throughout the school district, increasing safety for students, staff and parents.
“With this addition to our security fleet, we will have the resources to expand patrol coverage 24/7 on our campuses,” Haller said. “We will also be able to respond more quickly to assist campus-based staff and emergency responders should an incident occur District-wide.”
Frisco ISD encompasses 75 square miles in Frisco, Plano, McKinney and Little Elm. It has 68 campuses with more than 55,000 students and approximately 7,000 teachers and staff.
“Frisco ISD is grateful for partners like Horace Mann and Caliber Collision who have stepped up to support public education,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon. “A similar vehicle recently cost FISD approximately $30,000. This donation fulfills a need and is one less vehicle the District has to buy as our school district continues to grow.”
The Recycled Rides program is a collaboration of businesses in the collision industry to repair and donate vehicles to help individuals and organizations in need. The vehicle for Frisco ISD was provided by Horace Mann Insurance and refurbished by technicians at Caliber Collision who volunteered their efforts as a community service. The vehicle “makeover” included installation of light bars and school district security markings.
“Giving back to the communities in which our customers and teammates work and live is an integral part of our company culture,” said Greg Clark, Chief Marketing Officer for Caliber Collision. “We are pleased to team up with our valued partner Horace Mann Insurance through Recycled Rides to help ensure that students at Frisco ISD schools continue to thrive in a safe, secure environment.”
“This partnership is a natural fit for Horace Mann. As a company committed to helping educators protect what they have today and prepare for a successful tomorrow, this donation fits right in with what we are all about,” said Allan Robinson, Senior Vice President of Claims for Horace Mann. “Working with Caliber Collision and the Frisco Independent School District, we’ve been able to donate a car that will help the district keep its educators and students safer.”