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