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Local School Districts Attend Workshop

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John Bearoff-presentor, Adreinne Cook, Robert Richards, LeAnn VanCamp, Roxanne Starkey, Amy Sedgmer, Lisa Ferrell, Ashley Doren, Amy Jones, Robin Anderson, Ruth Oliver, Julia Carman, Jim Rocchi, Cindy Lewis, Nichole Utter, Erik Krupa, Sharon Schrock, Jessica Combs, Bill McGowan, Larry Newman-founder & presentor, Loise Pate, Bridget Binkiewicz

Area educators recently attended a 3 day workshop held at the Crowne Plaza North Hotel in Columbus to be trained on how to identify and help children in their school districts who are “at risk” at numerous levels. The workshop was sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio at no cost to school districts other than substitute pay for the days for those who attended.

Nationally acclaimed educator Larry Newman and Thom Stecher developed the MMSAP (Masonic Model Student Assistance Program) training program. Local educators from the following school districts attended the workshop: Harrison Hills City School District, Indian Creek Local School District, Cambridge City Schools and St. Clairsville-Richland City School District.

Here are some quotes from some of those who attended the workshop:

“The M.M.S.A.P. program will benefit all students and our communities by improving a students’ self-worth in building his/her assets to be successful in reaching their personal goals.”  -LeAnn Van Camp

“Students come to school with two backpacks; one visible, the other invisible. This program will help us effectively intervene in a students’ life and help him/her become a productive member of society by helping them build life skills.” – Julia Carman

“This training was the best I have ever attended. I gained many ideas and strategies to meet the needs of our at-risk students. Being introduced and trained in this program is a huge asset to our students and school district. The evidence based research backs this program and I am so excited to be a part of a student assistance team to enable student success and progress through the development of assets and focus on student strengths.” – Amy Sedgmer

Many school districts are meeting to implement an intervention program to be incorporated into their curriculum next fall.

There will be another workshop in the late summer/early fall for any educator or school districts who are willing to add to their current data base. Information will be sent to all school districts within the 18th, 23rd and 24th Masonic Districts. To view a short video of the program go to ; click charities at the top and then the Masonic Model SAP on the right.

Larry Stecher was accompanied by educator John Bearoff at the workshop.

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