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.
CONNECT Community Task Force & Gregory
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.