Allegion U.S. Joins The ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation as Mission Partner

Allegion and The “I Love U Guys” Foundation form new collaboration, connecting efforts to help make schools safer together.

Allegion U.S. Joins The ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation as Mission Partner

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CARMEL, Ind. Security products and solutions provider Allegion U.S. is now a mission partner of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, which operates programs for schools’ crisis response.

Partnering with The “I Love U Guys” Foundation “reflects Allegion‘s ongoing efforts to drive productive conversations on school security and support organizations that are advocating for safer students, every day,” according to the announcement.

Allegion “has sustained a long-term focus on sharing best practices in K-12 safety and security, with a sincere goal of promoting positive changes in school environments,” the announcement says.

One recent example of these efforts is the company’s new The Changing Face of School Security podcast, where Allegion “brings together industry experts, community leaders, non-profit organizations, law enforcement and educational professionals to foster meaningful dialogue on the topic.”

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation “fosters dialogue and programs in safety, preparedness and reunification in schools,” according to the announcement.

The organization was started in 2006 by Ellen and John-Michael Keyes following a school shooting that took the life of their daughter, Emily. On that day, Emily sent two text messages – one to her mother, “I love u guys. K” and to her father, “I love you guys.”

The Foundation’s programs for crisis response, the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), and post-crisis reunification, the Standard Reunification Method (SRM), are used in more than 50,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations and communities around the world.

“At The ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation, we are strong advocates for the ability to lock classroom doors from inside the classroom, as the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission recommended in their Final Report in 2015,” says Carly Posey, mission director for The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, in the announcement.

“We are proud to begin our collaboration with Allegion, who will help us fulfill our mission,” she says. “Allegion brings much more than their door locks to our collective mission of school safety – it’s clear through their partnerships and industry participation that they are authentically invested in helping communities create a safer school environment.”

Why Allegion Joined The ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation

Allegion joins as a Mission Partner for The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, which goes beyond sponsorship or donations. The work together “leverages relationships, community, brand and expertise to build stronger communities and schools through stronger partnerships,” according to the announcement.

Allegion’s “long-standing safe school efforts are also rooted in collaboration with Safe and Sound Schools, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and the Security Industry Association (SIA),” the announcement says.

“By supporting and working with non-profit organizations, the security industry, manufacturers, educators, law enforcement and community leaders, we can collectively develop comprehensive and best practice solutions – but it takes a lot of authentic collaboration to get there,” said Ken Cook, director of national school safety and advocacy, Allegion U.S., in the announcement.

“Our goal with our work in the K-12 space is to both lend our support and leverage our expertise for good,” he says. “We believe that the meaningful relationships we’re building with organizations like The ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation will ultimately have a positive impact on students – helping them feel safer and enabling them to learn and thrive.”

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