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WeatherBug Lightning Alerting System Now Protecting Entire HCA Campus

WeatherBug Lightning Alerting System Now Protecting Entire HCA Campus

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Mr. and Mrs. Watlington with HCA Headmaster Ken Lopez and Secondary Principal Larry Smith

Highlands Christian Academy is pleased to announce the donation and installation of the WeatherBug Lightning Alerting System that is now protecting the entire HCA campus. The system has been provided by a generous donation from the Jesse Watlington Memorial Foundation. The Watlington family lost their 11-year-old son, Jesse, after a lightning strike in October 2012 during his school’s football practice in Fort Myers, Florida.

The system, manufactured by WeatherBug, provides for a warning siren and a strobe light that alerts all areas and people on campus. Staff members and students have been advised of the protocol to follow when the siren sounds and then when it is safe to resume outdoor activities.

Highlands Christian Academy is grateful to Jesse’s parents, Chuck and Alda, for providing this wonderful life-saving protection, not only to HCA, but to over 50 schools in Florida. The Watlington’s goal is to see this made available to Christian schools across the Southeastern United States. Friends and families of Highlands who would like to donate to the Jesse Watlington Memorial Foundation and help supply the WeatherBug Lightning Alerting System to additional schools may go to to donate and learn more about Jesse and the Foundation.

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