Community Impact Award – Debbie Marshall

Lake High School Guidance Counselor Debbie Marshall impacted the Lake Township area and surrounding communities with the creation of Lake Community Cares.  Lake Community Cares is an educational support series to help families dealing with the crisis of addiction in our community.

Debbie Marshall Community Impact

When Lake High School counselor Debbie Marshall accepts the Community Impact award at the Lake Chamber of Commerce Award dinner on February 17, she has quite a story to tell about the need for intervention and education. Her involvement began with conversations with her friend and former colleague Jan Miller regarding the growing crisis. Certainly, Mrs. Marshall has been a driving force to educate our community. She attests to bringing on a broad range of professionals to help fight against addiction’s grip. As a result, in 2014 Lake Community Cares was formed.

To educate and support families about substance abuse in our community, the group had created a series of topics. “Gone but Not Forgotten” held in November, featured three Lake High School seniors, who had each lost a brother to heroin overdoses within a year. From L Taylor Alaina Amanda“Hidden in Plain Sight” held in January of this year was an interactive exhibit, showing more than 150 items, which may be found in a teenager’s room and may reflect addictions and risky behaviors. On February 23 the group will host a town hall meeting featuring Sheriff Maier and Judge Forchione. In addition, a support group for those suffering from addiction is in the planning stages.

The Stark County SOLACE (Surviving Our Loss And Continuing Everyday) group will be in Hartville for the next three months. Uniontown Police Department now has a drug drop off box. She hopes to continue providing educational support programs.

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Mrs. Marshall has been with Lake Local Schools since 1997 and currently works with Junior & Senior Career Tech/Prep students.  She is a graduate of Kent State University, and has a Master’s Degree from Malone University in school counseling. She and her husband Joe have two children.

Congratulations to Debbie Marshall!

Contributions by:  Penelope Frederick The Hartville News