Students on board with appreciation for Old Bridge Local 127

A board with “thank-you” letters and pictures to law enforcement officers plastered all over it hangs in the lobby of the Old Bridge Township municipal building.

One message written by a child reads, “Dear Old Bridge Police Department, thank you so much for keeping us safe.” It includes a red heart drawn on the bottom.

Students, parents and staff at McDivitt Elementary School in Old Bridge school presented a “Kudo Board” to Local 127 members that includes notes and messages of appreciation for the men and women in blue who are sworn to defend and protect every day.

The poster featured pictures of all the school events that the Local ran with students, along with messages supporting members and praying for their safety. The Local has a longstanding relationship with all of the elementary schools in town, especially McDivitt.

When delivering the poster, school principal Laurie Anne Coletti told members, “Our police department is the best, and we are lucky to have you.”

The Kudo Board also features such memorable notes as one with a blue line flag inside a heart. Another includes hand-drawn images of a hand holding up two fingers for peace, a blue heart and badge with blue line flag inside. It
carries the message, “Peace. Love. Back the Blue.”

“It was a remarkable poster,” shared Local 127 President Vinny Galgano. “It was a really nice gesture and heartfelt, so everyone appreciated it.”