KidSafe Foundation Awarded Grant

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sally Berenzweig  Phone 561-715-1077; sallyb@kidsafefoundation.org
The KidSafe Foundation Awarded $2,000 Grant from The Rebecca Walter Dunn Fund of The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Money Will Fund Distribution of Foundation’s Personal Safety Skills Book, “My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!” to Elementary Guidance Counselors of the School District of Palm Beach County

The KidSafe Foundation, a Florida nonprofit working to bring Prevention Education to both children and adults, announces a $2,000 grant from The Rebecca Walter Dunn Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties awarded on Friday, April 8th 2011.  This grant will provide 108 Palm Beach County Elementary School Guidance Counselors with four copies each of the Foundation’s newly published book, “My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!” 

Book authors and KidSafe Foundation Founders Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW will present the Guidance Counselors with their books at the Elementary Guidance Training coordinated with Student Intervention Services of the Department of Safe                                                Schools on Friday, May 6th, 2011.

               “This grant has the potential to save a child’s life and teach all children safety skills they can use throughout their lives.” stated Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW and Cofounder of KidSafe.  The KidSafe Foundation is honored to be receiving this impactful grant.  As a result, nearly 79,000 students, their families, teachers and counselors, will be receiving the message – you are important, your bodies are important and you have the right to keep your bodies safe.”said Jon Salk, Chairman of the Board, KidSafe Foundation.

“KidSafe Foundation has been an approved character education/prevention partner with the School District of Palm Beach County for six years. We are very excited to be the recipients of these books,” stated Susan Knight, Character Education Coordinator for the School District. 

 “Child abuse is a serious issue that crosses all classes of society, and, in approximately 88 per cent of cases, the offender is known to the victim. Keeping kids safe is a community responsibility. We believe it’s very important that the Community Foundation help connect our community’s child safety organizations with donors and local philanthropists who are willing to support this cause as a priority.” said Leslie Lilly, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. 

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About the KidSafe Foundation

The KidSafe Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit dedicated to providing Prevention Education to children, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to decrease abuse, bullying, abduction and online safety issues. Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW the Cofounders of KidSafe, Child Safety Experts, Authors and most importantly two moms on a mission to keep children safe. They have taught over 18,000 children throughout South Florida and have brought their workshops and seminars to thousands of adults. To learn more about KidSafe Foundation please visit their web site www.kidsafefoundation.org

 About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has been creating lasting value for our communities for more than 35 years. The Foundation accepts contributions from individuals, families, businesses, corporations and other foundations in support of community initiatives, special projects and permanent endowment. Income from endowment is used to make grants and award scholarships primarily in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Since 1972, The Community Foundation has granted over $5.2 million in scholarships to over 1,300 students and $84 million to the community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Community Initiatives, Community/Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, Health and Human Services and Intergenerational Programs. Nonprofit organizations throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties help us to fulfill our mission and, together, we can make our region a better place to live.  To learn more, please visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org or our You Tube Channel at www.youtube.com/palmbeachmartincf.

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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