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District pays tribute to security guard Sheree Coccaro

Wallace Middle School hosted a Celebration of Life today for security guard Sheree Coccaro, who recently passed away following a battle with COVID-19.

Coccaro, a 27-year employee of the district, was most recently stationed at Wallace, where both staff and students viewed her as family.

“Sheree made an impression,” said Wallace principal Debi Quinn, who opened the ceremony. “There are no words that could really express that. She made such an impression in her years at the Vineland Public Schools.”

Quinn reflected on Coccaro’s impact within the school family, including welcoming Quinn as she was transferred to Wallace four years ago.

“She made me feel welcome, she made me not feel afraid or worried or concerned. She made me know this is where I needed to be and I had a job to do.”

Following Quinn was John Provenzano, Director of Security for the district.

“Sheree was a wonderful and kind person who always had a smile that would light up the room,” Provenzano said.

On behalf of security, the Coccaro family was presented with a banner that replicated the district’s security uniforms.

Wallace students also wanted to pay tribute to Coccaro. Rachel Gonzalez, a member of the Wallace National Junior Honor Society, came up with the idea of a rock garden that would be “planted” in Coccaro’s memory. She placed the ceremonial first rock in the cleared out space in front of the school, which Quinn said was appropriately near Coccaro’s daily post.

Offering spiritual words and a kind reflection was Vineland police chaplain Jason Parmer, who encouraged all in attendance to strive to be more like Coccaro and make a positive impact on those they come in contact with.

Rounding out the ceremony, security guards and staff members, along with the Coccaro family, members of the Vineland Police Department, and other guests, were able to pay tribute by simultaneously releasing yellow and blue balloons and blowing bubbles.


The entire ceremony can be viewed on our YouTube channel, VLDSchoolsTV, here:


Click the following link for a photo gallery from the event: