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It may take a village to raise a child, but Clayton County Public Schools says it takes a village to keep kids safe at school.

CCPS is asking interested parents and community members to take part in its new “Village On Patrol” (VOP) program.

The idea is for adults to act as the CCPS Police Department’s backup ears and eyes “by observing and listening on their respective campuses to report any potential safety concerns.”

The school system hopes that community members will be able to spot potential safety issues and report them to officers.

Prospective volunteers must be at least 21 years old, fill out the CCPS Volunteer Application, and pass a Level 3 criminal background check.

Besides a t-shirt and a free athletic pass, CCPS says, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making Clayton County Schools safer.

Interested parties should come to an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd. in Jonesboro.

For more information, e-mail Shakira Rice at .

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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