Live music performances from Tyrone Dunn and Kin-Foke, Bad Navigator and Nashville-based Americana artist Kyle Frederick will come together this weekend to raise money for local school safety efforts.
Band Together BG debuted last year and raised about $11,000 for hurricane victims in Houston and Puerto Rico. This year, though, the cause is local.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community in Bowling Green, which is such a kind community, to basically get together to make a difference,” said attorney Flora Templeton Stuart, who’s sponsoring the event.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at La Gala. Tickets are $20 at the door, and advance tickets are available online through eventbrite.com for $15. Proceeds benefit local schools to promote safety, Stuart said.
“When you send your child to school, you need to feel that it’s a safe place,” she said.
Along with Stuart, this year’s sponsors include David Doran of the ISTT tech support firm and Tony Lindsey of Lindsey Production Group, who is producing the show.
Along with live music, Band Together BG will feature a silent auction and refreshments for sale, Stuart said.
Superintendent Gary Fields of the Bowling Green Independent School District said the proceeds will contribute to ongoing safety improvements for schools in the district.
Between adding upgraded cameras, safety improvements to school entrances and mental health counseling, the district is trying to take a proactive approach, he said.
“We’re not always looking to harden the facility. We’re looking at how do we help kids before we get to that point,” Fields said. “So I think a lot of those options are going to be open.”
Fields thanked those involved with organizing the event for their support.
“All the people involved are just so great, gracious and always looking for ways to help,” he said.
The proceeds will also benefit Warren County Public Schools, which recently added more school resource officers.
Superintendent Rob Clayton said the district’s school safety committee will examine new ways to use the money. The committee could recommend adding more cameras to schools or other improvements, for example.
In the meantime, the district will continue to implement new safety measures to protect its schools. Clayton said that includes metal detector wands the district recently purchased for use in schools.
“The protocol for using them is the same districtwide, but in terms of the implementation, it’s up to each school and any particular incident that may or may not occur within that school,” he said of the wands. “Those have already been distributed.”
Warren County Public Schools began reviewing its safety practices earlier this year after several high-profile school shootings, including a shooting in January that killed two 15-year-old students at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky.
However, Clayton framed the district’s overall safety approach as proactive and ongoing.
“We have a long-term plan that’s been in place now for six years in terms of how we will continue to enhance those safety measures,” he said. “So I anticipate these funds being able to help offset some of those expenses.”