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Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients of the
Annual PASAP Awards

Your work has made a Difference in the Lives of Pennsylvania Children

Distinguished SAP Team of the Year Award

Lafayette Elementary SAP Team
School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

Lafayette Elementary SAP Team Interview with Tina George

The School District of Lancaster is a district of nearly 12,000 students with 38 languages spoken as well as a variety of dialects and about 5% of our students are refugees, while one hundred percent of our students receive free breakfasts and lunches. Lafayette Elementary is one of the larger of the twelve elementary schools with 535 students. The Lafayette SAP Team has had consistently strong implementation for the last five years. We use innovative methods to look at the whole student and work to merge processes with PBIS, Olweus and Child Study Teams for effectiveness and efficiency.

In addition to traditional case management roles, team members have attended parent funerals, bought food for families, bought coats for students, completed home visits, and used their time to mentor students one on one. All of this is done quietly and without fanfare. They simply do what is right for students and families at all times. Lafayette is in a high need urban area and I believe this team deserves some recognition and celebration for going above and beyond to meet the needs of our families and for helping to remove the barriers to education caused by behavioral health concerns.

The team has contributed to both individual families, students and the school community as a whole by doing small random acts of kindness that contribute to a positive climate for all. This summer our school community together created a mural. This adds to the garden that we have where students and staff work together. Several members of the team have served on SAP for the last 5 years as well as participating on other committees. They model the highest level of integrity, confidentiality and above all else kindness towards others without expecting anything in return. The team works collaboratively with District personnel and community resources such as T.W. Ponessa and Philhaven to ensure that students needs are being met. 

Distinguished  Service Award

  John Sushereba
Stairways Behavioral Health, Erie, PA

John Sushereba Interview with Tina George

John has been a long time SAP trainer in the Northwest Region. His personal and work ethic embodies the principles of SAP as he practices what he preaches. I personally know of one individual John assisted on a life changing course from high school through adulthood. John is willing to be that person who becomes a protective factor for others.

John was nominated as Stairways Employee of the Month in summer of 2015 due to "profound impact in the life of a client". John has been a certified CBT since 1990. His work has involved many of our local schools in crisis post-vention, mental health support work, as well as working as a SAP counselor in 1993-94. John was also a supervisor for the Hamot Hospital Adolescent Partial Program following work as an outpatient therapist. 

John has been an valued and reliable trainer for our local SAP team in the Northwest Region for well over 15 years. He serves as a resource person. His presentations on childhood mental health are consistently well received due to his sharing of case studies, student perspectives, and wealth of information.

John served on the PASAP Board of Directors for several years as well.

Visionary Award

  Shock the County

  Berks Community Foundation Peer Leadership Program, Reading, PA

Shock the County Interview with Tina George

Peer Leadership- Shock the county is a group of High School Students from Berks County Schools who have developed Drug and Alcohol Prevention/Education Messaging on a HS peer to HS peer level. The groups has developed initiatives to convey a consistent message to their schools and their community through a variety of mediums including social media and personal pledges.

The Leadership group has delivered drug education and prevention messaging in their schools and community.

They have provided student to student endorsement of the SAP processes in their schools.

  Friend of PASAP Award

  Dr. Robin Felty, Superintendent
Manheim Township School District, Lancaster, PA

  Dr. Susan Ursprung, Superintendent
Donegal School District, Mount Joy, PA

Felty and Ursprung Interview with Tina George

Dr. Ursprung and Dr. Felty have been active participants in the Lancaster County SAP District Council for five (5)+ years.  Active how?  First and foremost, they attend quarterly meetings where they are able to provide a higher level perspective among school district members (representing 16 school districts), agency personnel and other stakeholders, with regards to helping remove barriers to student success across Lancaster County.

There are several ‘behind the scenes’ contributions from Dr. Ursprung and Dr. Felty each year.  In a time of financial challenges among school districts, they are the voice for SAP with the Lancaster-Lebanon Superintendents’ Advisory Council.  This includes advocating for administrative support allowing building administrators and professional staff members to be freed so that they may serve on the building SAP Team.  Additionally, they identify the value in financially supporting the Lancaster County SAP District Council through minimal financial contributions in order to educate parents, educators, students and their community members about substance use, mental health concerns and other barriers to academic success in students K-12.

Additionally, during the planning phase for the annual District Council Conference, they volunteer donating necessary materials so that the District Council budget doesn’t have to be used for speaker fees and other needs of the attendees.  It isn’t a ‘fly by’ donation…they make sure they are donating the exact things the conference team needs in order to make the event a success. 

One of the greatest gifts a SAP Team can receive is support from the district superintendent.  We are blessed to have these two phenomenal Superintendents support the Lancaster County District Council and the amazing work that the SAP Teams are doing, most often, unnoticed.  So with this, they are truly deserving of the Friend of PASAP Award as they are pioneers in paving the way for other administrators to support Student Assistance Programs.

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PO Box 1254
State College, Pennsylvania 16804 

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