National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7 and will focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and the positive impact school counselors have on students. School counselors help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. They are integral to student success.
The special week provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students in elementary, middle, and high schools, as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.
School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents and have a working partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world. We focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic goals for themselves.
Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with master's degrees in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them a very important part of the total educational program.
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Thank a school counselor during National School Counseling Week (and any other time) for their contributions to the Beaufort County School District.
Editor's Note: Burkhart is a school counselor at Whale Branch Middle School.