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 three priorities with a funding budget of $100,000. 

(1) Additional cameras on campus

(2) Classroom window coverings

(3) Additional PA speakers. 

Pilot Project - Early Intervention/Mental Health


Here at Coalition for School Safety, we have been quietly working in the background since our formation in February of this year.  We are thrilled to announce one of our favorite projects is about to go live!

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.

And now for the really exciting part.....Newsome High School will be holding their very first “Start with Hello” week the week of September 24th, 2018!

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

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 16 and 20.

Volunteer experience includes 

· Tennis For Fun Fishhawk (CEO)

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

Awana Leader (Cubbies and TNT)

· PTA (Yearbook, Reflections Arts Program Chair)

· 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

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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions within our schools. 

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Coalition for School Safety, Inc.

P.O. Box 1441 Riverview, FL 33568