Unsung Heroes

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The Super Bowl is over and the Good Guys won. Actually, I liked both teams… but the older I get, the more I root for older guys. At the end of the day, the praises of the heroes are sung when we hear from the owners, coaches, MVP’s, and those who made the key plays. We all know that in most endeavors, whether it be sports, business, church, or education, there are many people who are the backbone. Their roles are powerful, but they never get any of the spotlight

Most readers don’t know it, but February 4-8 is “National School Counselor Week.” I have had the pleasure to do battle alongside many unsung heroes in our school systems. There was a time when counselors were villains, telling Latinos students they shouldn’t go to college, and tracking students based on race or income. Today, Imperial County has a very high rate of students making it to college, in comparison to other poor communities.

 School counselors work with individual students to help them raise grades, take the right classes, and make sure applications

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to colleges get completed. Children at all ages are challenged by divorce, substance abuse in the family, and language limitations. Imperial County gets respect in the state for getting many college graduates from families where no one had ever accomplished that goal before. Another important area counselors help, is to maintain the mental health of children in the face of bullying, abuse from families, and the challenges of learning problems and disabilities.

Counselors do more than counsel kids. They help the parent cope with adolescent hormones, weak teachers, and all kinds of academic challenges. In addition, the counselors are club advisors, coaches, and coordinate dances, fundraisers, homecomings, and all the things that create leaders and life long memories. These caretakers of children facilitate the meetings, and work extra hours managing the class schedules before school starts, while making the deadlines for school testing and graduation.

All educators care, and they do it all often with a humble attitude. When the awards go to schools, it is often to the district, or the administrators. When it comes to running the school, the counselors “have the back” for those in administration, and these days, many of the valleys best administrators and superintendents were once counselors.

JIMnschoolcounselorsI am not going to list out my favorite counselors, because there are many, and then the rest are left as unsung heroes. It is your duty Mr. (or Ms.) Reader, to sing the praises of those counselors in your district or community. Here is an idea. Counselors help reduce the stress of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Their job is to help people be “distressed,” which if you spell it backwards, is desserts! Graduation is the educational dessert for students and family. Why not drop off some doughnuts, brownies, or pastel to your local school for site, so some of our heroes can have a little dessert this week. Go ahead and sings some praises with some sweets.