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YUHSD schools to honor counselors during National School Counselors Week

Schools throughout Yuma Union High School District are honoring their counseling staff members by participating in National School Counselors Week from Feb. 4-8, 2019.

"The counseling staff is incredibly valuable,” Gila Ridge High School Assistant Principal Steve Anderson said. “They work tirelessly to help students achieve success academically and in life. It was important for the entire campus to recognize their hard work and show them how much they mean to our students." GRHS counseling staff

Gila Ridge has a series of events planned, including providing breakfast for their counseling staff on Monday, pizza on Friday, handwritten “thank you” notes from students, and various small gifts throughout the week. School administrators coordinated efforts with student council and other staff members to show appreciation. They also went heavy on the puns. For example: counselors will receive a tumbler and soda with a note saying, “You’re so da bomb.”

Kofa High School has a luncheon planned for their counselors, which will be prepared by the school’s culinary arts students. Choir students were also invited to sing a personal concert while they dine. Yuma High School is hosting a potluck lunch for counselors on Feb. 8, while San Luis High School is providing breakfast burritos and thank you cards. Cibola High School is posting a message of gratitude on their marquee on the corner of Avenue C and 20th Street as well as hosting a lunch where counselors will receive a certificate of appreciation. Student Council will participate as well posting a banner strewn across the counseling office and more.

According to the American School Counselor Association, this year’s theme is "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life” with a goal to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, 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.

"Every day, school counselors work with school counseling programs that address the personal/social, academic and career needs of all students," said Pat Nailor, Ed.D., ASCA 2009-10 president. "Their ultimate goal is to enable all students to achieve success in school and to become responsible and productive members of our society."

Eric Patten