Garrison Middle School Prevention Club earns state award for social emotional support
Garrison Middle School’s Prevention Club was honored virtually by the Washington Health Care Authority for receiving the 2020 Prevention Award of Excellence – Youth Leadership – Middle School Club award. Prevention Club Advisor and School Counselor Angie Gardea accepted the award via ZOOM during the organization’s annual meeting.
Peggy Needham of Walla Walla County Health Services nominated Garrison for the award. In the nomination, Needham noted Garrison Middle School was trained in Sources of Strength and uses their evidence-based structure to build peer-led programs that target mental health promotion and suicide prevention. In addition, Garrison Middle School students implemented Red Ribbon Week activities and the "You Can" marijuana prevention program.
Last year there were 55 student members in the prevention club, which coordinates events, programming and implementation during the school year.