Personal Column: Why we should celebrate Counselors Week 2020

Natalie DeLeon, Staff Reporter

 

A school counselor’s focus is to guide and counsel students through their problems, struggles, and future whether at school or home. They give support, honesty, and so much more if their peers need help. So thinking about all that school counselors contribute to everyone, a week seems like a small portion of our gratitude to them.

National School Counseling Week 2020, “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans,” was celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Personally I have never needed assistance or had a counselor visit as have others, but I know that it can be nice for other students to talk to someone about their struggles besides their family members or other close adults. That is why most schools (including Dobie), staff, and students will help to celebrate this year’s school counseling week and make sure that their counselors feel appreciated. 

At Dobie there are three counselors, Ms. Navarro, Mrs. Ruhd, and Mrs.Schroeder. Students at Dobie are assigned to their counselor based off of the first few letters of their last name. Our school’s counselors try and help students go through their problems gracefully as well as plan for their futures smoothly. Not to mention that they spread awareness about bullying and other values that we all should have, by doing monthly presentations and colorful bulletin boards that light up the halls.

According to the American School Counselor Association, counselors are vital members of a school’s education team and have the role of helping all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development. They also ensure that today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. So considering all that for one final time, how will you celebrate for National School Counseling Week 2020?