Joe Ziler of Kevco Builders, Sherry Olszanski of Lifestream Behavioral Center, Lake County sheriff Peyton Grinnel and Lake County Schools Superintendent Diane Kornegay show off the first of eight vehicles designed to promote the SpeakerOut Hotline throughout Lake County.

Wrapped Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Schools vehicles promote hotline to report safety threats anonymously.

A public-private-non-profit partnership to promote the SpeakOut Hotline (800-423-TIPS) to Lake County Schools students will soon hit the road.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office sedan is the first of eight vehicles to be adorned with a message encouraging students to call, text or use the SpeakOut Hotline app to report bullying, threats of violence and suicide concerns. The Ford Taurus, with its vibrant graphics, was unveiled June 4 and has been put into service.

Eustis-based Kevco Builders provided a generous donation to underwrite the cost of the vehicle wrapping process through funds raised in partnership with LifeStream Behavioral Center. A Lake County Sheriff’s Office pickup truck and six Lake County Schools maintenance vans will also be wrapped with the SpeakOut graphics.

“It is so important for the community to help ensure our children are in a safe environment,” said Joe Ziler, president of Kevco Builders. “By offering an easy way for people to anonymously report when students are in danger, to themselves or to others, may help authorities prevent tragedy.”

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Schools vehicles will be used in their normal line of service as well as featured at community events to help raise awareness.

“Kevco Builders has been a vocal advocate for programs dedicated to student safety and suicide prevention,” said Diane Kornegay, Lake County Schools Superintendent. “We are grateful for Kevco’s generosity in funding this program that is the result of an ongoing focus on student safety between Lake County Schools, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and LifeStream Behavioral Center.”

Leesburg-based Red Apples Media coordinated the multi-partner project and designed the vehicle graphics.