SCUP Conference Brings School and Community Partners Together
Hundreds of MCPS, nonprofit and local government representatives gathered at the 18th Annual School Community United in Partnership (SCUP) Conference on Oct. 6. Topics covered included mental health, suicide prevention, religious diversity and immigration. The keynote speaker was Dr. Courtland Lee of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Each year, the conference emphasizes barriers affecting the equal opportunity and development of MCPS children, and offers strategies to approach them. The group has worked to promote school-based supports in the areas of mental health and social services to ensure equity.
This year’s event also included a surprise recognition for Sally Katz, who was the founding member for the SCUP conference. The City of Gaithersburg honored her 18 years of service with a proclamation that designated Oct. 6, 2017 as Sally Katz Day. Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett also honored her with a certificate. Katz, who worked as a speech pathologist and pupil personnel worker for MCPS, retired earlier this year.