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.

Our first Featured Sponsor is Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners located in Sausalito, California. They have generously donated their time in creating Safe and Sound’s logo, website and Toolkits.



Speaking Engagements

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School Safety–Through the Lens of the Superintendent of Schools, Newtown, CT

I was honored in January 2014 to be appointed by the Newtown Board of Education as their new superintendent. When I had the opportunity to thank the school board, I chose my words carefully and shared with all in attendance that my short and long term plan would be to always respect the past, work […]

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Looking at Lockdown: School Resource Officer Kevin Quinn Offers Perspective on Safety Training in Schools

Practice.  Practice.  Practice.  This is something that we have all heard since we were young kids.  If you were an athlete, you needed to practice in order to gain proficiency in your sport or prepare for a game.  If you were a musician, you spent hours practicing to excel or prepare for a recital or […]

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