Starbot, the police robot that visits every kindergarten and first-grade student in the greater Rochester area, is at the point of no repair.
The robot, which Rochester's police liaison program uses to teach children how to be safe, is in need of replacement — at a price tag of $35,000. The schools are asking for the donations from the community and from local businesses to replace Starbot.
School officials say Starbot and his predecessor in the school safety program, Sarge, have helped educate more than 35,000 students since the program started 15 years ago. When the robot visits the classrooms, he "talks" to the students, answering their questions about safety issues.
Donations can be sent to the RCS Foundation, 501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307; you can also donate by phone at 248-726-3190.