In a bid to keep schoolchildren safer, Marathon Petroleum Corp. has donated $50,000 towards a security system for classrooms in Hancock County. The donation, which is split over two years, will help the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office purchase The Boot, a tactical safety instrument designed to keep intruders from gaining entry to classrooms. The device, a steel plate that can be slipped into pre-drilled holes to effectively provide 16,000 pounds of stopping force against an intruder, is developed by The Lockdown Co. out of Fowlerville, MI. The Sheriff’s Office plans to install The Boot in every single classroom and administrative office. Thank you, Marathon, for helping with the safety of our children, teachers and administrators.