Safe and Sound Schools
National Education Partner
MSU’s Prevent 2 Protect partner – Safe and Sound Schools – presents regional Summits, workshops, and training with national-level experts in school safety to actively engage and connect all stakeholders in the process of improving school safety.
Founded by Michele Gay, mother of Josephine Grace Gay, and Alissa Parker, mother of Emilie Parker, Safe and Sound Schools is a national nonprofit safety advocacy and resource center that provides research-based tools and support for crisis-prevention, response, and recovery. Safe and Sound Schools is committed to protecting every school and every student, every day.
Michele Gay, MEd
Executive Director, Safe and Sound Schools
Mother, educator, and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, Michele Gay chose to take action after losing her daughter Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012. Since that time, Michele has channeled her work as an advocate, improving safety and security in schools and communities across our country.
Michele’s impassioned position on school safety hinges on every community taking a comprehensive and sustainable approach to safety. She works diligently to unite stakeholders of all disciplines and perspectives. An educator by training, Michele is uniquely positioned to help others prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from tragedies of their own.
Michele remains inspired by Josephine, every day. She dedicates herself to honoring Josephine’s memory through this work to ensure that every school, every child, and every community is truly safe and sound.