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A Sandy Hook Initiative for Safer Schools

Untitled designNEWTOWN, Conn. – July 16, 2016Safe and Sound Schools has received a $5,000 donation from the Newtown, CT Big Y World Class Market to support the organization’s mission of improving school safety. While Safe and Sound is a national movement, this donation represents the impact Safe and Sound has on local communities.

“The Newtown Big Y was Joey’s favorite place to shop,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, and mother to Josephine Gay, who lost her life in the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, 2012. “Big Y has always been there for our family, and now, with its generous donation to Safe and Sound Schools, Big Y is reaching families and children across the country. I applaud Big Y for its leadership and local support, and through this donation, helping to keep our schools safe.”

The donation from Big Y will support Safe and Sound’s efforts to empower communities to improve school safety. Safe and Sound provides tools, resources and programs at no cost, to encourage schools to rethink school safety plans, measures, and practices. The organization’s framework, Straight A Safety, is an active and continual process to help schools Assess, Act, and Audit. Safe and Sound Schools’ community-wide education programs build stronger partnerships among parents, administrators, educators, students and first responders, and address all aspects of school safety such as fire, bus, environment, security and health and wellness.

Big Y is committed to making a difference in the communities around its stores. Aside from the donation to Safe and Sound Schools, it also provides the Big Y Scholarship Programs, and other community programs such as food drives.

For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including free assessment tools, tool kits and resources, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

About Safe and Sound Schools

Safe and Sound Schools is a non-profit organization founded by Sandy Hook parents who lost their children during the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools is dedicated to empowering communities to improve school safety through discussion, collaboration, planning, and sharing of information, tools, and resources. To get involved, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org

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