Gardner Edgerton High School hosted a Zero Reasons Why themed basketball game on Feb. 5 against Shawnee Mission West High School. The Zero Reasons Why campaign was established by the six superintendents in Johnson County as a response to the growing number of teen suicides. Pam Stranathan, superintendent, wanted each student and staff member at GEHS to have a Zero Reasons Why shirt to wear as a reminder that there are Zero Reasons Why suicide is an option. Over 1,000 shirts were distributed during the past week. Submitted photos


Gardner Edgerton High School hosted a Zero Reasons Why themed basketball game on Feb. 5 against Shawnee Mission West High School.
“Watching the student athletes come together for a common
goal was a wonderful sight to see,” said Ryan Colston, Gardner Edgerton and Community Programs supervisor.
The Zero Reasons Why campaign was established by the six superintendents in Johnson County as a response to the growing number of teen suicides. The campaign includes a teen council which helps to guide the effort to promote mental health awareness, increase community activity and prevent teen suicide.
Pam Stranathan, USD 231 superintendent, wanted each student and
staff member at GEHS to have a Zero Reasons Why shirt to wear as a reminder that there are Zero Reasons Why suicide is an option.
Over 1,000 shirts were distributed during the past week by GEHS student volunteers, Colston, and Melissa McIntire, coordinator of student support services.
During the varsity girls and boys basketball games, students packed the gym while wearing their shirts. GEHS cheerleaders passed out Zero Reasons Why bracelets to every person in attendance.
Before each contest, the GEHS basketball teams presented each player, coach and manager from Shawnee Mission West with a bracelet to unify both schools in the cause.
GEHS cheerleaders also presented every Shawnee Mission West cheerleader with a shirt and both teams sported the shirts as they cheered.
As the campaign continues to evolve, USD 231 plans to host activities for student, parent and community groups.
Gardner Edgerton also plans to host future events in order to promote mental health awareness.