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Model Student Assistance Program
How Masons are Involved

This program is designed to train teachers and other key school personnel to work as a team to identify those students in their care that they believe are "at risk." An "at risk" situation could be chemical dependency, depression, or suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

The Model Student Assistance Program was developed in 1984 in Pennsylvania and is being successfully used by more than a two dozen Grand Jurisdictions in the United States. The program format, which is adopted from the highly acclaimed National Model - Student Assistance Program, seeks to enhance the skills and linking of the existing human resources in the schools and their local community. The objective is early and effective intervention with students who demonstrate patterns of behavior, which could threaten their success in school.

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon A.F. & A.M. typically holds two training sessions a year for Oregon’s public school teachers, administrators and other personnel. 50-60 participants are grouped in teams and are trained in each of these three-day sessions at a cost of $25,000 each. Masons in this Grand Jurisdiction (Oregon) are the total support for this program; there is no charge to the schools. Professional educators who designed this program and are dedicated to its success conduct these training sessions. This valuable training is designed for school personnel, kindergarten through 12th grade.
Two distinct groups make up MSAP participants. One group is the "observers." They actively participate and take the information back to their respective school districts. The second group is the "core teams." They represent educators within a school building within a district. The core teams members generally include one central office administrator; one building administrator; one or more counselors; two or more teachers (regular education and/or special education); one school nurse, school psychologist or in-school suspension coordinator; and one drug and alcohol service provider and/or mental health provider. Districts may send a maximum of two observers and 5-8 core team members per school.

This Poker Run is only one of the many fund-raisers throughout this state in support of the Model Student Assistance Program.

Thanks for your support.

Revision Date 12/26/2002