The St. Johns County School Board proclaimed February 5-9 as Student Services Week during their February School Meeting. Student Services Week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the services provided by school counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers whose work at schools supports the social, emotional, behavioral, mental, physical health, and safety of all students.
While many of these efforts are often not at the forefront when thinking of education, they are integral to student success both in and out of the classroom. Student Services professionals work directly and indirectly with students, parents, teachers, school and district administrators, and community stakeholders. Some examples of their work include increasing student attendance, providing mental health support and health education, developing and implementing positive behavior supports, promoting problem-solving, connecting community resources, addressing graduation and dropout rates, suicide prevention, crisis response and college and career planning.
The annual Uplift with A.S.S.I.S.T. Dinner and Silent Auction was held on October 19 in the First Coast Technical Center’s Character Counts Conference Center. The master of ceremonies was Michael Israel, St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Homeless Liaison, and the keynote speaker was Richard Hardy of The Hardy Group. More than $7,000 was raised which will benefit SJCSD homeless students and unaccompanied youth. Funds will be used to assist with school supplies, field trips, school, athletic and club fees, senior/graduation fees, transportation and more.
Holiday food baskets and gifts will soon be distributed to SJCSD families in need. Please contact Jan Caban, Family Services Facilitator, or Mitch Moody, Family Advocate, to donate or request services at (904) 547-7598 or visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/homeless/donate/
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in Florida for youth ages 10-19. Awareness of this public health problem is the key to preventing further suffering and loss of life.
The Annual UpLift with A.S.S.I.S.T. Dinner/Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Character Counts Conference Center on the FCTC campus. Tickets are available for a $25 donation at INK-Stjohns.org.
This year’s theme is “Breaking Down Barriers…One Student at a Time.” Nearly 900 St. Johns County students qualified for assistance under the federal McKinney-Vento Act last school year. With the generous support of the community, the A.S.S.I.S.T. program was able to provide backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes, personal care items, holiday food baskets, PE uniforms, athletic and club fees, before and after school care, graduation fees, college tours, admission fees, and much more.