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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- From now until Saturday, Jan. 25, be sure to visit Publix in support of the Special Olympics.

By purchasing your very own paper “torch” at the check-out register for $1, $3, $5 or $10, you will provide funding to for Rutherford County athletes with intellectual disabilities.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated from Monday, Feb. 3, through Friday, Feb. 7. 

“School Counseling: Building Magical Futures” is the theme of this year’s celebration, which is designed to highlight how students are more successful as a result of what school counselors do.

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with at least a master's degree in counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program of any school.

“Their unique role in the school building allows them to serve as a liaison between faculty and staff, administration, district level resources and community agencies to support families," said Tommie R. Barrett, a student services specialist with Rutherford County Schools.

"Counselors perform an array of services and bring together school and community personnel, with varying expertise, to formulate plans of intervention to address a wide range of student needs," he added. "School counselors help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. Therefore, school counselors are integral to student success.”

As part of its celebration of National School Counseling Week, Rutherford County Schools would like to recognize and thank its 92 hard-working counselors who serve 40,000 students in 46 schools across our county.

We encourage parents and community members to access this valuable student advocate and also, when given the chance, to thank them for their hard work, professionalism and dedication.

Unplug and Read! Week

UNPLUG & Read! is an initiative designed to encourage adults, families and children to unplug from televisions, computers and video games and enjoy the pleasures and educational enrichments of reading.

Be sure to take the pledge by visiting the Read To Succeed website.

The Family Center parenting classes

This eight-week class is designed for parents and caregivers of children who are newborn to 12 years old.

The class is taught by trained staff and provides in-depth information about child development. Classes focus on the following general parenting topics such as helping children with feelings, managing stress and anger and effective discipline.

Through March, classes will meet every Monday at the Murfreesboro office from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 115 Heritage Park Drive, and every Thursday at Greenhouse Ministries from 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. at 300 E. Vine St. In addition, classes are being offered every Saturday at the Smyrna location from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Call 615-890-4673 for more information.

 
 
 
Tagged under  Charity, Community Matters, Murfreesboro, Nonprofit, Publix, Read to Succeed, Special Olympics, The Family Center


Members Opinions:
January 27, 2014 at 11:06am
I think this is a wonderful thing that Publix is doing in support of the Special Olympics. The fact that it provides funding for the Rutherford County athletes with intellectual disabilities is even greater.

National School Counseling Week is a great way to acknowledge the men and women who help make a difference in the school system, as well as the lives of children everyday. Children are at school for most of the day, so having these people in place to help intervene if something bad was going on, or to even just listen is a necessity and I’m glad that counselors are in place. I applaud those 92 hard-working counselors here in Rutherford County because they deal with 40,000 students, all with different personalities and backgrounds.

As the old saying goes, “Reading is Fundamental” and I believe in this. Sometimes we get caught up in the world we live in, which is so technical today and forget about the art of reading. I believe that reading is one of those things that help strengthen the imagination in children, vocabulary in adults, and togetherness in families. Sometimes it’s a good thing to step away from the television, computers, and smartphones and in a sense, go back to the basics of reading.

Although I don’t have children, I am not opposed to help because you can never learn enough about parenting. Learning about child development and general parenting skills is a positive thing because it helps parents to understand more about the stages children enter into and how to go about being the best parent during each of those stages.

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