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National School Counseling Week runs Feb. 7-11. (Photo by Getty Images)

A special week dedicated to school counselors runs Monday through Friday — an effort to “focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.”

The American School Counselor Association sponsors the recognition effort, which this year carries the theme, “School Counseling: Better Together.”

The Philomath School District is among those recognizing the importance of school counselors. This group of educators includes Maria Drennen and Kim St. Clair, Philomath High School; Beth Edgemon, Philomath Academy; Mike Panico, Philomath Middle School; Lexi DeVicq, Blodgett; and Philomath Elementary schools; Mallory Crane, Clemens Primary School; and Lisa Burner, Kings Valley Charter School.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career options and social-emotional skills,” Jill Cook, ASCA executive director said in a news release. “School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website, https://www.schoolcounselor.org/.