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Sandy Hook Promise launches “Say Something” program for elementary schools

“Say Something: Elementary Animated Series” is Designed for K-5 Students

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Today, Sandy Hook Promise announces the launch of Say Something: Elementary Animated Series. Education experts adapted the organization’s proven violence prevention program specifically for students in grades K-5. The blended learning program includes a slideshow, interactive storybook, videos, lessons and activities.

“It’s never too early for kids to learn the warning signs of someone who may be at risk of harming themselves or others,” said Sandy Hook Promise Chief Program Officer Crystal Garrant. “Expanding the reach of the Say Something program into elementary schools will ensure that K-5 teachers and students have the grade-appropriate resources they need to recognize the signs and how to get help.”

The program includes an all-new animated, blended learning series, “Friends and Trusted Adults,” along with interactive storybooks, educator guides, engaging videos and more. All are available at no cost to schools and can be accessed in the online Learning Center.

The program is designed around three goals:

  • Recognize warning signs and threats of someone who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others.
  • “Say something” to a Trusted Adult to get help.
  • Grow a community of Upstanders who look out for one another.

Leaning into the best practices and teachings of Say Something for middle school and high school, Say Something: Elementary aligns with the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) competencies and social justice standards. (Visit the Digital Library to view available resources.)

“Sandy Hook Promise’s programs have saved more than 350 lives and prevented at least 11 credible planned school shooting attacks,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “Say Something: Elementary empowers kids to help prevent school violence and save lives.”


Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) envisions a future where all children are free from school shootings and other acts of violence. As a national nonprofit organization, SHP’s mission is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Creators of the life-saving, evidence-informed “Know the Signs” prevention programs, SHP teaches the warning signs of someone who may be in crisis, socially isolated, or at-risk of hurting themselves or others and how to get help. SHP also advances school safety, youth mental health, and responsible gun ownership at the state and federal levels through nonpartisan policy and partnerships. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Learn more at

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