End-of-year #Gratitude4Guards Campaign rallies children, parents, school officials
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End-of-year #Gratitude4Guards Campaign rallies children, parents, school officials

The security guards at Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus got cards and treats from Daniella Spier of Englewood and her children, Sammy, Isaac, and Jacob, who attend the school.
The security guards at Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus got cards and treats from Daniella Spier of Englewood and her children, Sammy, Isaac, and Jacob, who attend the school.

The Teach Coalition held a cross-country campaign to thank school security guards for protecting children. From New Jersey to Pennsylvania, Florida, and beyond, more than 500 Jewish day school children, parents, and school staff ended the school year by offering unique shows of gratitude to their schools’ security guards by bringing them handmade cards, doughnuts, and coffee as part of Teach Coalition’s first-ever #Gratitude4Guards campaign.

“Regardless of the weather, security threat or any other circumstance, security guards keep our children safe and secure,” Dan Mitzner said. Mr. Mitzner is the chief operating officer and director of government affairs for the Teach Coalition, the national education advocacy group that’s a project of the Orthodox Union. “They make it possible for students, teachers, and all school staff to function knowing they are safe from violence and threats.”

During the two-week campaign that began on June 6, students, parents, and school officials thanked their schools’ guards and broadcast their appreciation by posting messages and pictures of their efforts with the hashtag #Gratitude4Guards on schools’, families’, and Teach Coalition’s social media channels.

The Teach Coalition has long fought to improve school security nationwide, including successfully championing state-level security funding programs. Since 2013, Teach Coalitions divisions nation-wide – including Teach NJ, Teach NYS, Teach PA, and Teach Florida – have fought for the successful creation of school security programs for their states.

On a federal level, the Orthodox Union’s Advocacy Center has worked successfully with the U.S. Congress to create the Nonprofit Security Grant Program and press annually to increase its funding. Through the program, the Department of Homeland Security has allocated a total of $849 million in security grants to synagogues, day schools, other houses of worship, and other nonprofits at risk of terror attacks since 2005.

These New Jersey schools participated in the #Gratitude4Guards campaign: Ben Porat Yosef, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School, Rabbi Pesach Raymond Yeshiva Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, Tenafly Chabad Academy, the Hebrew Academy, the Idea School, the Moriah School, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Yavneh Academy, Yeshivat Frisch, Yeshivat He’Atid, and Yeshivat Noam.

To learn more, go to TeachCoalition.org.

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