Akers Recognized by Clark County Partners in Prevention

Akers Recognized by Clark County Partners in Prevention

On March 11, 2022, Clark County Partners in Prevention honored four community members at their Coalition Appreciation event. Mrs. Sherry Akers, Shawnee High School Counselor, was among the award recipients. Akers received the Outstanding Contribution award from Clark County Partners in Prevention for her work with students at Shawnee High School.

“Sherry is truly deserving and a champion for youth and prevention in our community,” said Carey McKee, the coalitions’ Drug Free Community Project Coordinator. 

Akers was instrumental in founding and naming the organization and remains actively involved throughout the school year and summer. She is currently the school sector representative and helps to identify needs affecting local youth. Akers started the first Clark County youth-led group to focus on substance abuse prevention - Students Talking About Real Stuff (STARS). She is involved in Shawnee’s Red Ribbon week and Camron’s Crusaders, along with the coalitions’ anti-vaping task force.

This award is really about the community that has supported our students and the programs they have supported,” said Akers. “The coalition has assisted in implementing programs at Shawnee in relation to mindfulness, alternative to suspension programs, Addiction and the Brain, and youth-led groups. I am very appreciative of their support and partnership for our students.”

Clark County Partners in Prevention exists to address substance abuse in the youth of Clark County. This task force is composed of representatives from 12 community sectors to inform and prevent substance abuse in the community. The 12 sectors include: youth, parents, business, media, schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement, volunteer organizations, religious organizations, health care professionals, local government, and substance abuse organizations.

“She has been a school sector representative the past five years.,” said McKee. “She gives insight to the needs of school age youth in our community and utilizes her skills to provide prevention efforts at Shawnee High School.”

Next year, Akers will help lead the coalition efforts in Clark County as a member of the Planning Committee, said McKee.

The organization’s Planning Committee recognized a total of four community members at their March 11, 2022 Coalition Appreciation event. Bett Turner received the Megaphone Award for his work in spreading awareness throughout the community. David Cotto was honored with the Community Spotlight award for his dedication to Clark County. 

Deputy Josh Pacine, Clark-Shawnee’s Resource Officer, accepted the Partner of the Year Award on behalf of the Clark County Sheriff's Department for their prevention efforts including: Get Recovery Options Working (G.R.O.W.), drug takeback collection services, vaping task force, Youth Anti-Vape Calendar Ceremony, and Overdose Awareness Day.

To learn more about Clark County Partners in Prevention or for resources on substance abuse prevention in Clark County, visit their website at https://www.clarkcountypip.org/ or find them on Facebook - Clark County Partners in Prevention. 

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