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District Five Celebrates National School Counseling Week

school counseling graphic Many times, they are the unsung heroes of our schools, always there to serve students and support their academic, social or emotional needs.  School counselors play a vital role in Spartanburg District Five, and this week, we are celebrating "National School Counseling Week", as a way of advocating for the critical work they do in our schools every day.  National School Counseling week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, is observed February 1-5, 2021. 


"Our twenty school counselors play a vital role in helping our students thrive," says Director Federal and Gifted Programs, Karen McMakin.  "This year, more than ever, their leadership in the area of social-emotional learning has been critical.  They're listening to our students and teaching them the skills needed to cope with stress and to build positive relationships."


Beyond their academic and emotional needs, school counselors in District Five work with student both inside and outside the classroom, helping to support their learning through classroom lessons, group activities, and individual sessions.  By assisting students in setting goals, and teaching the importance of healthy lifestyles, our counselors contribute to District Five's mission of preparing students for future success, as outlined in the Profile of the South Carolina graduate.


Mcmakin adds, "The challenges of this year have definitely highlighted the importance of their work as they're helping our schools to expand the services and support that we're offering to students and families."


Spartanburg District Five is proud to honor our school counselors, as we are grateful for the difference they make in students' lives each day!