Join SOS Parkland at Bru’s Room for a family-friendly fundraiser. Have dinner with family and friends and the kids can play in the game room while you watch the game or just hang out.
Bring this flyer and Bru’s Room, Coconut Creek will donate 10% of your check back to SOS Parkland to help secure our schools. Don’t forget cash for the 50/50 raffle! Half the money goes to the charity and half will go to the winning ticket.
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While we have many things on the list of what we would like to get done in all of the schools in Parkland, due to the approval process and budgetary considerations, the work must be completed in several phases for each school. Today we are very pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the ballistic protection at Park Trails Elementary has now been completed. This phase was paid for via donations collected from SOS Parkland donors and the Park Trails Elementary School PTA.
We will continue to raise funds as quickly as possible to help fund the next phases and work with the Broward school district and school leadership to get approval of the recommended security measures to keep our kids safe.
The district has finally given approval for ballistic shielding to be added if private funding will pay for it. We are very happy to announce that we will be cutting a check to Park Trails PTA tomorrow to help fund this effort which can commence immediately. This is only the first phase for Park Trails and Westglades is ready to begin as well. We look forward to working with other schools to provide the same.
With the approval of the the first phase of ballistic protection, we can finally start putting our monetary donations to work. That said we have not gotten nearly enough cash donations to fully protect even one of the five public schools in Parkland, never mind all of them. We still require about $200,000 to complete this portion of the security measures. This may sound like a lot of money, but if every parent in Parkland made even a modest donation, this could be raise easily!
In addition to monetary donations, we have received equipment donations which have yet to be accepted by the school board. We truly hope they will accept the donations that we have worked so hard to get and our vendor contacts have so generously offered. Many people have asked what the hold up is since we had offers of equipment donations months ago. Unfortunately, we do not have an answer because we are at the mercy of the current school board to allow us to pass along the donations.
We will continue to work on getting all of the needed security measures approved and implemented, but we need the help of the whole community to raise the money needed to pay for the items that have not been donated.
At the end of April, a local video camera manufacturer generously offered to donate whatever cameras were needed to give our schools full coverage. The donation included high end, commercial grade analytic cameras that can be used to detect threats and thwart would-be incidents. The cameras were tested by the manufacturer of the existing video systems that are in all of the Broward County Schools. They confirmed the compatibility in the middle of June. One hundred cameras were picked up on August 9th and should be installed very soon along with other donated camera gear, some of which was donated and some purchased.
Please join us at Monster Mini Golf (Coral Springs / Parkland) for a family night of fun and games. You can learn more about our efforts for better school security (for all of Broward County) and play some mini golf. Funds are being raised to help pay for school security improvements at the 5 public schools located in Parkland.