Safe and Sound - Securing our schools


Welcome to Safe and Sound, your source for information, resources, and ideas for improving safety in your school community.  We are a non-profit organization, dedicated to empowering community members to learn how they can join hands, hearts, and minds to make schools safer.

Founded by Alissa Parker and Michele Gay, mothers who lost their precious daughters at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we aim to help others prevent tragedy in their own school community.

Join our national movement of education and empowerment.  Support us by donating, sponsoring, or fundraising.  Spread the word by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter. Share our free toolkits, ideas, and newsletter with others. Contribute questions, ideas, and initiatives from your community.  Together we can make our schools Safe and Sound.

Watch the start of Safe and Sound in this CNN video from the documentary, Honoring the Children.  Learn how Alissa and Michele have been inspired by their daughters to use their tragedy to help others prevent their own.


Inspiring Ideas

We have just introduced a collection of clever low and no-cost ideas for school safety, contributed by members of our national Safe and Sound community!

Read more about each of these ideas like this Layered Lockdown solution in our Inspiring Ideas gallery!

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Featured Sponsor

Our supporters and sponsors have donated time and/or financial support in order to make our work possible at Safe and Sound. We are truly grateful for their generosity and support of our mission.




Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Events

  1. Tucson, AZ

    December 3 @ 8:00 am - December 5 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Orlando, FL

    February 17, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. Chattanooga, TN

    March 9, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Read Michele’s recent article in Techniques magazine! Read Here

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Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver by Drs. Stephen E. Brock & Melissa A. Reeves Early in our careers as school psychologists, we learned quickly that helping children cope with crisis events was hard work. While at times rewarding, the powerful emotions associated with traumatic circumstances took their toll. We often found ourselves experiencing some of the […]

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When Tragedy Strikes at School: Lessons Learned

When Tragedy Strikes at School: Lessons Learned Jim Witt, Superintendent of Lake Local Schools, Millbury, Ohio On June 5, 2010, at approximately 11:30 PM, a level E-F 4 tornado roared through the Toledo, area, causing death and destruction in several outlying suburbs. Our community, eight miles east of Toledo, was particularly hard-hit, with eight resulting […]

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