Coalition for School Safety Inc.

Keeping our Students Safe and Secure

About Us

Mission Statement

Coalition for School Safety is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) grass-roots organization founded by concerned parents of Hillsborough County. CSS raises funds to purchase safety equipment and heighten security measures within Hillsborough County schools.

Pilot Project - Equipment

Newsome High School 

Phase I: We have been working with Newsome High School administration and have identified four priorities: 

(1) Install video security system on gate for access to  Guidance Office & Student Affairs

(2) Additional cameras on campus

(3) Classroom window coverings

(4) Additional PA speakers

UPDATE 2/13/19:  Hillsborough County has announced that it will fund and address #1.  CSS is now moving forward on the classroom window coverings as requested by the principal, Ms. Bruning.  This project is estimated at $2,500.

Pilot Project - Early Intervention/Mental Health

                           Start with Hello

In every school and in every community, there are young people who suffer silently because they feel left out, alone or invisible. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence, and/or depression. As a result, many pull further from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.

'Start with Hello' is a program that raises awareness and educates students and the community through activities, discussions, and public proclamations. This project was created by the parents of the students who suffered in the Sandy Hook tragedy. They, like so many of us, are determined to make a change, to make our schools a safer place.

Coalition for School Safety is proud to announce that we have successfully sponsored and/or assisted area schools in implementing this program in the fall on 2018:

  • Newsome High School
  • Randall Middle School
  • Fishhawk Creek Elementary School
  • Colleen Bevis Elementary School
  • Barrington Middle School scheduled for February 2019

Our goal is to inspire and assist more schools of all grades from elementary to graduation in this ongoing mental health drive.

For more information on Start with Hello, visit 

Meet the Team


Tessa Fullerton

 Director: Treasurer and Interim President

Retired Information Technology  professional with AMF Reece and Alcoa and currenty a stay-at-home mom. 

Two children ages 17 and 20.

Volunteer experience includes 

Tennis For Fun Fishhawk (CEO)

Boy Scouts of America (Den Leader, Charter Organization. Rep., Committee Chair)

Awana Leader (Cubbies and TNT)

PTA (Yearbook, Reflections Arts 

Program Chair, School Safety Rep)

Newsome Band Boosters (Public Relations, Events Chair)

Randall Middle School (School Advisory Committee)

Jessica Coffman

Director: Early Childhood Intervention and Communications

Retired Atlanta radio and television hosting and production professional and currently a stay-at-home mom.

Four children ages 6, 8, 15 and 18.

Volunteer experience includes

US Navy Ombudsman - training specialist

US Navy Ombudsman, submarine force - crisis intervention

Military Formal Exchange Committee

Newsome HS Psychology, (school safety)  Advisory Committee

Jennifer Misnik

Director: Public Relations and Social Media

Retired Realtor and Mortgage professional and currently a stay-at-home mom. Three children ages 10, 16 and 23.

Volunteer experience includes

Social Committee

Friends of Fishhawk

Fishhawk Creek Elementary Fundraising

Unfortunately, Jennifer moved to Texas in early February.  We are currently seeking a replacement.  If you are interested in the position, please contact us below.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and make our schools a safer place. 

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Coalition for School Safety, Inc.

P.O. Box 1441 Riverview, FL 33568