USD 231 Superintendent Pam Stranathan was honored recently for her exceptional work in making Gardner and Edgerton Schools a safer place for all students. The OP Award is the Overland Park Chamber’s highest honor in recognition of leadership and dedication. Superintendent Stranathan’s personal leadership, and that of the board, administrators, faculty, students and parents have guided critical discussions that resonate throughout our community.
The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce had its annual meeting on December 5th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Each year, the Chamber presents the OP Award, which recognizes individuals for going above and beyond in their community, as their highest honor of the year. Pam Stranathan, Superintendent of Gardner Edgerton Schools, was presented with the OP Award for her dedication, leadership, and collaboration to raise awareness for mental health in general, and suicide prevention specifically.
Stranathan is one of the six superintendents of Johnson County receiving the award. During the 2018-2019 school year, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Spring Hill, De Soto, Shawnee Mission, and Blue Valley superintendents all joined forces in the “Zero Reasons Why” community mobilization campaign.
This campaign is focused on empowering community members to take action toward change. Stranathan said, ”We feel strongly that by mobilizing necessary resources, disseminating information, generating support, and fostering cooperation across public and private sectors in the community, we can influence the conversation and
de-stigmatize the issue.” In June, the superintendents of Johnson County initiated a deeper dialogue and identified collaboration opportunities; the leaders have continued the conversation. Stranathan was honored to receive this award, but the work isn’t done. Gardner Edgerton Schools are in the process of working with mental health providers, parents, local businesses, and students to multiply and amplify discussions on how we can make a difference. Please feel free to visit the “Zero Reasons Why” website at www.zeroreasonswhy.org for more details about the campaign.