March 6-12 was National School Social Work Week. Have you ever thought about what social workers do for our schools?
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” wrote Frederick Douglas, the former slave and famed abolitionist.
This sentiment alone is one of just many reasons why there is a tremendous need for our school social workers. For indeed, school social workers help to establish relationships between schools, families, and communities. Because they are specially trained to focus on the non-academic factors beyond the classroom that influence students’ learning, school social workers help to remove barriers to positive outcomes for young children and teenagers.
School social workers are able to provide students with crisis intervention and mental health services. They are also able to address student truancy, and they help improve the climate for students to not only learn, but to also be academically successful.
By lending the critical supports that are needed to help students reach their full potential, school social workers are truly an important piece of the puzzle to help students imagine, believe, and achieve—both in the classroom and beyond the school walls.
We appreciate everything our social workers do for our schools, and we thank them for all they do for our students and our community.