Carl Acton Recognized with Inaugural
STG Prevention Advocate Award
Carl Acton was recognized at a District Board of Education Meeting in May for "his commitment to promoting safe conversations with students in the GHCSD about important and potentially life-saving topics around whole-person identity, mental health positive coping and wellness strategies."
Superintendent Andy Culp, Carl Acton, Lindsey Bertani, Alison Gessner Rooney, Meg Hatta, Quint Gage
"I want to sincerely thank you for presenting me with the Start Talking Grandview Prevention Advocate Award! I cannot adequately express what receiving this award means to me; that I was even considered for this award is such a tremendous honor. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
...As I drove home after the Board of Education meeting last week, I was so excited and touched. Please know how deeply grateful I am and will continue to be for the Start Talking Grandview organization.
I promise to remember and carry with me for a lifetime what it means to be a Prevention Advocate; someone who listens to, cares for, and guides those in my care. The lifesaving work that you do through your organization every day is vitally important. I am so grateful for your commitment to having safe, honest conversations with children and young adults about the challenges they may face and identifying healthy coping strategies. Thank you also for working tirelessly to combat the negative messages our children face daily and destigmatizing mental health and substance misuse. Continue on in this most excellent, noble endeavor! "