Michele Gay to Keynote National Association of
School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials

Personal story of loss turns to lessons of recovery

Grand Rapids, Mich. – July 24, 2015 – Safe and Sound Schools executive director and co-founder, Michele Gay, will present the keynote presentation on July 26, 2015, at the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials (NASSLEO) Conference at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich.

NASSLEO is the oldest non-profit, membership-funded organization dedicated to providing professional information, training and other resources available to school districts, charter schools, private educational institutions and law enforcement agencies across the United States and Canada.

Michele is uniquely positioned to help school communities prevent more tragedies and better prepare and respond in the event of an emergency. During the keynote presentation, Michele will convey the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting as the parent of Josephine Grace, lost on Dec. 14, 2012. Michele will also speak to the important role these school safety and law enforcement officials play as stewards of school safety, from prevention to recovery.

“These professionals are focused on the safety of our school communities, day in and day out,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “I am humbled by their dedication and honored to speak during their annual conference. I hope that my perspective as a parent and teacher enriches conference discussions and spurs further initiatives for school safety in the members’ communities.”

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

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Safe and Sound Schools Wins
2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award

WALTHAM, Mass. – May 7, 2015 – The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced Safe and Sound Schools as one of the eight winners of the prestigious 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists and an initial pool of 175 organizations, were announced at the May 6th Evening of Innovation program held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham, Mass.

“The New England Innovation Awards showcases the best innovative companies in our region who possess the most explosive growth potential to expand our economic base. The health of the New England Economy depends upon the creative forces of innovation to drive capital formation and job creation,” said SBANE President, Robert Baker.

The nominees competed in two rounds of judging. The initial round was held on March 19th at the Conference Center at Bentley University in Waltham, where the nominees were narrowed to a list of 50 semi-finalists. In a second judging session, that list was then narrowed to 20 finalists.

“As is the case each and every year, the task of selecting our 20 finalists from a pool of over 175 nominees is an arduous one, with this year being no exception,” said SBANE’s New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President, The Faber Group.

The 20 Finalists presented to a panel of 68 judges on April 9th at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass. After the presentations, the judges chose Safe and Sound Schools as one of two winners in the “Non-Profit” category.

“All of our winners have exemplified what SBANE considers true industry agnostic innovation and we are delighted that they have joined an exclusive group of tremendous companies and organizations from throughout New England in SBANE’s ‘Circle of Excellence,’” said Faber.

Safe and Sound Schools shares this award with the additional non-profit winner The New England Center for Children, the for-profit winners, Affirmed Networks, Comark, Convergent Dental, and HALO Maritime Defense Systems Inc., and the Rising Stars, BioDirection and Medrobotics Corporation.

About SBANE:

The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. SBANE runs diverse, educational programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources. Visit SBANE at www.sbane.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 safeandsoundschools.org.

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Safe and Sound Schools Executive Director Addresses School Administrators and First Responders

Delivers lessons learned in Oklahoma to help local school communities

Moore, Okla. – Feb. 4, 2015 – Safe and Sound Schools executive director and co-founder, Michele Gay, brought important safety lessons to school officials, first responders and community members at the Moore Norman Technology Center on Feb. 4, 2015.

“As districts around the country are grappling with the challenge of keeping our schools safe, communities like Moore and Norman taking proactive measures,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “Opening up the discussion, involving the community at large, staying on top of new technologies and trends, and learning from other school-based tragedies are the first steps toward creating safer learning environments for our youth.”

Michele’s presentation is part of her ongoing efforts to educate communities about proactive school safety measures. As the parent of Josephine Grace, lost on Dec. 14, 2012 during the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton, Conn., Michele is uniquely positioned to help school communities prevent more tragedies and better prepare and respond in the event of an emergency. Michele told her personal story, but also left school administrators with important lessons about better planning, management and recovery strategies to improve a community’s resiliency.

“Our goal is to help strengthen a community’s efforts to improve school safety,” said Michele Gay, “Bringing the first responders, school administrators, parents, teachers and local law enforcement officers together, in one room, is an excellent place to start. We hope the conversation continues and more schools take the proactive first steps as we’ve seen in Moore.”

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

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