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SASD Community Helping Hands Award

The Community Helping Hands Award recognizes a school district and their non-school community partner for their outstanding collaboration in implementing a successful program, project or activity that has generated significant local community involvement and positively impacted the education of children.




2014 Winner 
CONNECT Community Task Force & Gregory School District

 

Gregory School District and Connect Community Task Force have been working together for the last six years to provide the community and the school district with education, support and supervised activities to ensure the health and safety of individuals within the area.  Connect was established in 2006 following several suicides within the region.  Their mission is to protect, educate and comfort all community members.  Several of the losses within the community were students at the high school level.  In order to ensure the safety of the students, the task force and the district began working together to provide education and safe activities for students through presentations, curriculum, recreational activities and awareness materials.  Through a grant, Connect was able to purchase the Lifelines curriculum, which provides suicide awareness and intervention training to high school students.  This is taught as part of the health curriculum, ensuring that all students within the school district receive this training.  The school district and Connect also provide safe and supervised activities for students, including open gym nights, Super Bowl parties, bowling and movies to name a few.  The school district and Connect also provide students with awareness materials on an annual basis that include the HelpLine number along with “quick facts”.  These materials are distributed on students lockers, at ballgames and homecoming parades.  It is the hope of the Gregory School District and the Connect Task Force that through their collaboration, the students will be aware of individuals and agencies in their community who can help them when they are feeling depressed or in trouble. 

 

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