The role of school counselors in keeping the community together during the pandemic was highlighted during a proclamation signing this week.
The theme for this year’s National School Counseling Week, “School Counselors: All In for All Students” highlights the impact school counselors have on students.
At the same time, the proclamation also emphasizes their role in collaborating with stakeholders to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations.
School counselors from all over the island participated in the virtual event.
Estrella Calata, president of the Guam Association of School Counselors, said: “It is with great appreciation from our hearts to be of service to all of our students because we want our students to feel happy despite this pandemic situation.”
She added: “We are all for appropriate professional development because we cannot give if our cups are empty.”
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, who presided over the proclamation signing ceremony, said school counselors are the first line of help in Guam’s school education system, both public and private.
“And I know that the school counselors have had to step up and work extra hard to allay the fears of our students, the fears of our teachers, the fears of our administrators, and the fears of the community really,” the governor said.
National School Counseling Week will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2021.