National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week takes place during the first full school week of February and focuses on the importance of school counselors. Without these professionals, students would struggle. They would have to face the adversity of bullying alone, wouldn’t have anyone to turn to in times of grief, and would lack guidance when in need of direction.
That’s why it’s important to recognize their contributions and ensure that school budgets reflect their significance. This week is also an opportune time for parents, fellow educators, and students to show current counselors their appreciation by doing something thoughtful for them.
The History of National School Counseling Week
This holiday was established in the first half of the 1980s by the American School Counselor Association. For many decades, this organization has promoted this week-long observance by providing educators with the necessary resources and tools. They also dedicate time to promoting this holiday week across the country.
Observing National School Counseling Week
Depending on whether one is a student, a parent, or a fellow educator, there are various ways to observe this event week. For instance, students and parents can show their appreciation by sending a thank-you card or letter to a school counselor, or by thanking them in person. Students can also use this week to inquire about their school counselors’ roles.
Fellow educators can highlight how the school’s counseling program operates, acknowledge the service of school counselors, or even organize a small celebration for them. Everyone can participate in this week by spreading the word online. Simply use the hashtag #NationalSchoolCounselingWeek on social media platforms.
If everyone unites to observe this week, we can refocus attention on school counselors and ensure that not only current but also future students will have access to their services. This will help students remain secure, content, and confident in their lives. School counselors are a vital part of any school, and it’s crucial that we remember this.