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Spartanburg Co. elementary school honored for promoting health, safety

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SafeCeiver allows teachers to communicate quietly during a crisis, preventing a panic at school (FOX Carolina) SafeCeiver allows teachers to communicate quietly during a crisis, preventing a panic at school (FOX Carolina)
A rock wall was installed at Oakland Elementary School, another reason the school was given the "Whole Child" Award (FOX Carolina) A rock wall was installed at Oakland Elementary School, another reason the school was given the "Whole Child" Award (FOX Carolina)
Dr. Josh Patterson and staff at Oakland Elementary receiving the "Whole Child Award" (Courtesy: Spartanburg District Two) Dr. Josh Patterson and staff at Oakland Elementary receiving the "Whole Child Award" (Courtesy: Spartanburg District Two)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oakland Elementary School teachers have a new tool at their disposal to communicate with each other in case of an on-campus crisis. 

The SafeCeiver takes the traditional two-way radio used by teachers to the next level, district officials said Monday. Developed by a Pelzer company called Broadway Technologies, SafeCeiver allows teachers to use their two way radio with an earpiece. The receive-only device allows top management to issue instructions to teachers in their ear in an intruder situation. 

"You just plug in the cord to the earpiece, put the earpiece in and then you're just informed of any kind of information you need for an emergency," said kindergarten teacher Jamie Kent. 

"When we may not be able to use our PA system or in a time where a possible intruder were to come in - when we need to maintain communication with our teachers," said Principal Dr. Josh Patterson. 

The SafeCeiver is just one of the reasons Oakland Elementary School was one of several in the state to be honored with the "Whole Child Award," presented by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman last week. 

The "Whole Child" initiative honors and awards grants to schools that go beyond test scores and academics, and help children develop their health and well-being, as well as promote safety at school and at home. 

The award made it possible for Oakland Elementary to receive $2,500 to continue finding ways to help kids thrive. 

In the last year, the installation of a giant rock wall in the school gym at Oakland has made Physical Education more exciting for kids, and is just one of the other reasons the school was given the "Whole Child Award."

Oakland staff say they will use the money from the grant awarded them to make technology upgrades to the classrooms. 

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