Miami, FL (June 16, 2020) – Mission 500 and The New Jersey Electronic Life Safety Association (NJELSA), teamed up for the second year in a row during the NJELSA Annual Symposium, held March 11-13 at Harrah’s Atlantic City for a School Backpack Building Event.

This year, however, was a bit different. The backpack build came on the wake of President Trump declaring a national emergency due to COVID-19.

Although the Mission 500 team was able to complete 400 backpacks filled with school supplies for the Atlantic City children, they were not able to personally deliver them. Instead, several people from the school district including Assistant Superintendent, Sherry Yahn and Principal, A. Davis picked up the backpacks and delivered them to the children at the Pennsylvania Avenue School in Atlantic City, right before they closed the school because of Covid-19.

The Mission 500 team included Ken Gould, NJELSA president and chair of Mission 500, Christine Higgins executive director of NJELSA, Christine Marzano, past president of the NJELSA and newly appointed North East Mission 500 chair, Pete Raymond, Lisa Chartrand, Linda Nolan, and Bernadette Gould.

Participants gathered and worked in unity to assemble the backpacks and write personal notes of encouragement and hope. Each backpack also included a binder, crayons, eraser, paper folders, a glue stick, markers, a notebook, pens, pencils, a ruler, and a sharpener.

Little did we know that it was the last physical event for both NJELSA and Mission that we will do for months,” said Gould.

The School Backpack Building Event was a meaningful experience that inspired all of us,” added Marzano. “As well, I know we put a smile on each of the children´s faces that received the backpack.”


For further information about NJELSA visit www.njelsa.org or contact Christine Higgins at 609.695.4444 or by email at christine@njelsa.org
 
For more information on Mission 500, contact Tom Nolan at tnolan@mission500.org 
or call 516-903-7291.

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ABOUT MISSION 500
Mission 500 is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis here in the U.S. Mission 500 exists to advocate for children living in severe poverty, inspire and act as a catalyst in the security industry for excellence in corporate social responsibility, and mobilize volunteers and resource to make a tangible difference for children and families living in poverty in the U.S. To date, the industry has generated more than $4 million in cash, product and service donations, 27,000+ meals, and distributed more than 11,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools. For more information on individual or corporate contributions, volunteering and sponsorships, please visit mission500.org 
or contact Tom Nolan at tnolan@mission500.org.

ABOUT NJELSA

The New Jersey Electronic Security Association (NJELSA) represents electronic security professionals, system integrators, fire alarm companies, manufacturers and distributors that do business in New Jersey. Joining the NJELSA, opens the pathway to being licensed – a legal requirement in NJ for alarm installers. Plus, members enjoy many more benefits. The NJESLA exists to promote public safety and foster positive relationships with police, fire and elected officials at the local, state and national level.