Proviso Township High Schools District 209 celebrated the work of its school counselors February 2 through 6 during National School Counseling Week.
The week, sponsored nationally by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), was designed to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within American school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
"Often school counselors are so busy people don’t get to see what they do," said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District guidance department chair. "This week was designed to highlight the impact they have on student success."
In a proclamation, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and for working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral
part of the total educational program.
"This special week honors school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills."
As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, District 209 celebrated "Bring Your Parents to School" Day, hosted "coffee with the Counselors" scavenger hunts, and other activities.
Thank you, counselors, for all of your contributions!