Friday, February 17, 2012

We ♥ Our Counselors

This morning I got to start the day with some of the most supportive staff in the district—our school counselors and social workers! To honor School Counselor Appreciation Week, I joined counselors at their professional development session at Region XIII to deliver a big cake and cookies (donated by our wonderful partners from Sam's Club) and to thank them for all they do.

So often, school counselors and social workers are the “glue" that holds things together for students and families. They help students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; support parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; and work with teachers and other educators to support students and help them realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. They are a critical part of our school system.

That’s why I’ve fought so hard to keep a counselor in every elementary school, even in the face of budget reductions last year. These committed professionals tend to our students’ hearts and minds so that they are better prepared to learn.

Thanks, counselors! We appreciate you!

I was welcomed by Counselor Patsy Brady, who helped organize today’s training. Thanks, school counselors! We appreciate you!