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Donation from the Home Depot Foundation Helps Fund Creation of Emergency Preparedness Kits for D86 Classrooms

Approximately 30 student volunteers from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South helped members of the D86 security team and representatives from the Home Depot in Darien assemble emergency preparedness kits that have been deployed to every classroom in the district. The kits, which were created using a list produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, include items such as first aid supplies, blankets, disposable gloves, toilet paper, trash liners, sanitizer, water and disinfectant wipes. The district’s security staff will replenish or add supplies to the kits as needed.

The district was able to purchase many of the items for the kits using $2,000 in store credit that was generously donated by the Home Depot Foundation. The foundation supports communities across the country in a variety of ways, from donating money to causes for military veterans, to providing supplies and personnel to help with disaster relief, to training tradespeople to fill the growing need and demand for plumbers, carpenters, electricians and HVAC specialists.

The creation of the emergency preparedness kits is the latest step in the district’s ongoing efforts to improve and enhance safety and security across our buildings. These efforts have included, but are not limited to, establishing fully equipped command centers at both high schools, hiring security officers, installing new security cameras, launching a Tip Line, and conducting ALICE training with students and staff. You can access an article The Hinsdalean published about the security improvements the district has made by visiting

Student and staff work on emergency preparedness kits