Marshfield selectmen accepted a generous $10,000 donation Monday night from the Edwin Phillips Foundation, to help fund the police department’s LoJack Safety Net Program.
Police Chief Phil Tavares said the program works with a bracelet that tracks missing people like the elderly and children with special needs.
“It provides a location device for people who tend to wander – people that may have dementia, Alzheimer’s, children with autism – anybody that may tend to wander away from their homes and become lost. The device provides us the ability to track them down and locate them within a very short period of time and hopefully keep them out of harm’s way”.
Marshfield Special Education Teacher and Phillips Foundation Trustee Kim Bouressa said the program provides parents of special needs students with peace of mind.
“It’s excellent. The peace of mind that if affords us as teachers and parents is unbelievable and some of the students have already had to use it. These are the types of kids that every chance they get are always trying to escape out of their homes. Even in the school setting, someone’s always with them and they have one on one support. So it’s really been helpful for the families to have that, (the LoJack system)”, Bouressa said.
The recreation department also received a $5,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to set up after school programs for special needs students.
Phillips Foundation Trustees Attorney Bob Galvin and Wilma Goodhue were also on hand for the donation presentation.