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Bronx School Safety Agent Award Recognition Dinner

Going above and beyond

Bronx school safety agent 375-305Maria BastoneAwardees get together for a group shot with UFT Director of Safety and Health Jeffrey Povalitis (far left), Perez-Gonzales (seated, right) and Bronx Borough Representative Howard Schoor (kneeling).

Roughly 250 Bronx educators and public safety workers along with their friends and families turned out for the fourth annual School Safety Agent Award Recognition Dinner on June 9 at the UFT’s Bronx borough office. Awards were given to 28 school safety agents, two police officers and two City University peace officers in recognition of the work that they do, above and beyond what is required of them, to keep their schools and communities safe. Gerome Quinn, a school safety deputy director, took home the event’s highest honor, the Vincent Sica Award, given to an individual who mirrors the late deputy director’s outstanding leadership, service and dedication. The awardees were nominated by members of their school communities, who praised them for their commitment, dedication and professionalism. “What agent do you know calls a parent religiously to make sure her son gets up and gets to school?” asked one nominator, describing just one way in which the school safety agent she nominated goes above and beyond. “Her interactions with the community, faculty, staff, students and parents are outstanding as they are based on mutual respect,” wrote another. Susan Perez-Gonzales, the UFT’s health and safety liaison in the Bronx and the event’s organizer, described the evening as a tremendous success. “Our school communities don’t just consist of educators, parents and students,” Perez-Gonzales said. “There are so many others — including safety personnel — who are part of our communities, and it is important that we take time to thank them for their important work.”

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