NORTH BRUNSWICK – North Brunswick Township Public Schools celebrated its school counselors during National School Counseling Week.
The theme from Feb. 5–9 was “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars,” to focus public public attention on the contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do, according to information provided by the school district.
The special week 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,” Kevin P. Farrell, the director of Guidance at North Brunswick Township High School, said in the statement. “Our 14 district school counselors are commended 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 working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential while also setting healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.”
Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, according to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
“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,” Kwok-Sze Wong, ASCA executive director, said in the statement. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”