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National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

2020 National School Counseling Week Photo Challenge
Take a photo/video of the day’s theme and share on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram with #NSCW2020. Get students, families and school colleagues in on the fun. Encourage them to download and use the supporter signs listed below. 

Monday: Happy National School Counseling Week 
Take a picture/video with the new National School Counseling Week sign
 
Tuesday: Lend a Helping Hand
School counselors: Take a photo with the sign  – "I'm helping build better humans by..."
 
Wednesday: Offer Encouragement
School Counselors: Download the "My students help me be a better human by..." sign
Supporters: Download the "My school counselor helps me be better by..." sign
 
Thursday: Show Appreciation
Supporters: Download the "Thank you _____ (insert school counselor's name) for ____ (share something learned/gained from working with your school counselor)" sign

Friday: Be the Change in the World
All: Download the "Better humans are..." sign
 



To help you promote the week, ASCA has developed many materials and documents, a number of which are free. Order materials online by clicking on the links below for the items you wish to order or call (800) 401-2404 to order via phone. Place your U.S.-based orders by Jan. 20, 2020, to arrive in time for National School Counseling Week. Also download the National School Counseling Week promo toolkit with sample Facebook and Twitter messages and more to share with your school and district staff. 

Proclamation – Get your governor, superintendent, mayor or other dignitary to sign a proclamation declaring Feb. 3–7, 2020, as National School Counseling Week. Download a blank proclamation for free.

Certificate of Appreciation – Show your appreciation to those faculty members, parents and other stakeholders who help you promote your school counseling program throughout the year. Download a blank certificate of appreciation for free.

Sample press release – Download a sample press release to customize with information about what your school or district is doing to celebrate National School Counseling Week. 

Sample morning announcements  – Get your school excited about each day of National School Counseling Week with by promoting the week during morning announcements. View 2019 sample morning announcements or archived morning announcements from previous years. Sample morning announcements for 2020 will be available in late December 2019.

Posters – Promote National School Counseling Week throughout your school with a brightly colored poster. Posters do not have a date on them and can be used year after year. Posters are available on regular poster paper, delivered folded ($3 for members/$5 for nonmembers). Or, for sturdier posters that will hold up for many years, ASCA also offers the poster in a laminated format, rolled and delivered in a tube ($6 for members/$8 for nonmembers). Order laminated posters or regular posters.

Pencils – Hand out pencils promoting school counseling to your students so they'll have a daily reminder of where to turn when they need help. Pencils may be purchased in packs of 20 ($8 for members/$10 for nonmembers). Pencils are currently available in navy. Order pencils.

Stickers – Kids love stickers. Let them proudly display their support of your program with "I heart my school counselor" or "My School Counselor Helps Me Succeed" stickers. Stickers are also available in Spanish: "Amo a Mi Counsejero Escolar" and "Mi Counsejero Escola Me Ayuda a Tener Éxito." Stickers come 12 to a sheet ($1 per sheet for members, $3 for nonmembers). 

Door hanger – Promote privacy when you're in a counseling session or let students know when you're available with this reversible door hanger ($3 for members/$5 for nonmembers). One side says "Counseling in Progress. Please Do Not Disturb." The reverse side says "Please Come In." Order doorhanger.

* Bookmarks – Make sure your students know where to turn when they need help. Hand out inexpensive "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life" bookmarks (100 per set, $15 for members/$18 for nonmembers). Order bookmarks.