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Farmington celebrates National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2011 will be celebrated Feb. 7-11, 2011 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.

National School Counseling Week (NSCW), sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Ninth grade counselor at the Farmington High School (FHS), Jamie Pollard, said, “National School Counseling Week basically recognizes the contributions of high school counselors all across the nation. The ASCA emphasizes the impact that counselors have on students for school success and for future careers.” The roles of counselors in the Farmington School District are numerous and are very important to the daily function of our schools.

Twelfth grade counselor at FHS, Andrea Pruett explains the roles as a counselor, “One of the things that we do as counselors is work with the students and their families. We provide a lot different services for different families with a variety of things such as providing resources as needed including: clothing, back packs, or anything that they may need financially, counseling outside the school, and/or medical services.”

The Farmington School District is promoting NSCW throughout the schools in the district. Lincoln Intermediate Center asked the staff to talk to their students about NSCW. At FHS and the middle school daily announcements are being made promoting counselors.

Washington-Franklin Elementary is focusing lessons on educating students on who they can go to for help. They are also teaching students that there are other resources besides counselors such as teachers, administrators, and parents that they can go to if they need help. Students at Washington Franklin are showing their appreciation by making greeting cards and having a luncheon for the counselors.

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