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					Dear Superintendent:

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA),
is being celebrated from February 6-10, 2012, to “focus public attention on the unique contribution of
professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week
highlights the tremendous impact that counselors can have in helping students achieve school
success and plan for a career” (ASCA Press Release).

This special week provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the positive impact that
school counselors have on students. Counselors work in professional partnerships with teachers and
support personnel to provide an educational system where students can realize their true potential.
School counselors are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the
challenges of the 21st century.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Pennsylvania School Counselor
Association (PSCA) support school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic,
personal/social and career development so that they not only achieve success in school but are
prepared to live fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. As ASCA’s Executive Director,
Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D. explains, “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.”

Lancaster and Lebanon Counties each have their own “local” associations of school counselors. All
districts and IU non-public schools are included – representing all levels – elementary, middle school,
and high school. The Associations meet three to four times throughout the school year for meetings
which include professional development and an opportunity to network with other school counselors.
Please allow, and even encourage, your counselors to attend these meetings:
         Tuesday, February 7h; Lancaster County School Counselors Meeting at Millersville
         University’s Ware Center; beginning at 7:45 (topic – “You Can Make a Difference”)
         Thursday, February 9th; Lebanon County Counselors Meeting at H.A.C.C. in
         Lebanon; beginning at 8:00 am (Presentations by Crisis Intervention, the PA National Guard,
         and a HACC tour)
         Thursday, May 10th; Lebanon County Counselors Meeting at PhilHaven (Presentations by
         PhilHaven and The Caring Place)
         Friday, May 18th; Lancaster County School Counselors Meeting at Lancaster Bible
         College (Presentation on the ASCA Model and the Annual Retirement Celebration)

Please recognize and celebrate your school counselors, particularly during National School Counselors
Week, and ask your building Principals to do the same.

Sincerely,


Mrs. Karen A. Capriotti, M.Ed.
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit #13 Representative,
Pennsylvania School Counselors Association’s Governing Board

				
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