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Eyes on a local park

Aaron Speedy, third from left, points out where the cameras will go before Morristown students get started in Community Park.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

MORRISTOWN — Battling windy and chilly conditions but fed with donuts and pizza, a group of Morristown High School students spent their Friday at Community Park in Morristown, resolved to help solve a problem that crept up on the community earlier this year.

The eight students, along with Shelby Eastern Schools Technology Director Cody Stewart and advisor Aaron Speedy, spent their school day installing security cameras in the park.

The park had seen an increase in criminal mischief earlier this year and through a partnership between the high school and town, Stewart’s students were given the opportunity to learn how to set up the equipment.

“It’s kind of a long process from January (when the project started) to now,” he said. “The kids have been excited since day one. They wanted to come out here and do anything they could. Just glad we could make it happen.”

A couple students acknowledged it was a learning opportunity for them in a field they’re interested in pursuing after they graduate.

Sophomore Andrew Richardson said that he’s often visited the park since moving to Morristown three years ago.

“Mainly just to help out the community because I know this is something we’re doing not only for our benefit to learn about mesh networks and what we’re doing here, but also to benefit our community, because this is our community park, something that can help not only us, but the town in general,” he said.

Morristown Chief of Police Henry Albrecht escorted the school bus from the high school to the park at 8:30 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, the students had a chance for a quick bite of breakfast before Speedy went over the game plan.

The town previously bought six power poles from REMC at half their normal cost and PCMG Solutions agreed to take $1,000 off its price for a video system.

Friday’s trip to the park was the first of two phases in the installation process, Stewart said. The second phase will be without students.

“I think it’s really cool the way we’re taking some of the responsibility and using it to gain knowledge about our class and do things in our class that will benefit us as well as people around us,” Richardson said.