Dear School Social Workers,
March 1-7, 2020 has been declared School Social Work Week in South Carolina. I have attached a copy of the Proclamation signed by Governor McMaster and also a list of suggested activities to celebrate the week. Please share with your supervisors, superintendents, and other personnel to help in your celebration. I am so pleased to be a part of such a wonderful group that supports students and families across our state. If you would like to share any pictures or stories from your celebration, please send them to me. We will include them on our website and also share with SSWAA. SSWAA also has the theme for School Social Work Week as “Lucky Enough.” There are excellent suggestions on the SSWAA website to promote this week in your district.
Thank you for all you do for your students and families.
Board of Directors
SC Association of School Social Work
Dear School Social Workers,
Our Spring Conference is May 15th at Saluda Shoals. We are excited to have Lyssa Harvey present on “Using Art and Play Interventions to Enhance Your Work with Children and Adolescents.” We hope to learn new tools to use in our work with our students. Please note the date change for the conference. We moved it to May 15th since many may have plans to attend the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference the first of May. We are allowing school social workers to register first for the training on May 15th. We will open it up to others after April 1. The cost is $50 if you attended the fall conference or paid your membership dues in the fall.
FYI: School Social Work Week is March 1-7.
SCASSW Board of Directors
School Social Workers,
Happy School Social Work Week! We hope all of you will be able to attend the Spring Conference. It is time for us to submit nominations for Friend of Social Work and School Social Worker of the Year Award.
Please take a few minutes to think of someone you would like to recognize for their outstanding achievements in school social work. We all know someone who goes beyond what is required in the job and is most deserving of the award.
Also, the Friend of Social Work Award is for that special person that supports you and helps to provide services to students and families.
The recipients of the awards will be recognized on May 15th at our spring conference.
The deadline to submit is May 1, 2020!
Nominations can be mailed to Margaret Hutchins or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Friend of School Social Worker Award
Mr. Tony Coleman received the 2017 Friend of School Social Worker Award. Richland School District Two school social workers consider it a great pleasure to work with Tony. The support provided Tony and his staff have truly changed the services the school social workers are able to provide in Richland Two. School social workers have a central location to keep all bulk supplies including school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, food and other miscellaneous items. Social work staff can access these supplies at any given time which ensure the needs of our families can be met quickly.
Tony provides a tremendous amount of support for our backpack and food pantry programs. Our programs are reliant on community support. That community support looks different and varies from week to week. Tony is always willing to offer a supportive hand. He will meet donors at the warehouse, unload, and organize their donations. He and his staff will go to churches to pick up food and other donations. He has helped pack the food for the backpack program. In addition, he is always willing to deliver the food and/or the bags of food to the schools. His assistance provides an unlimited amount of support for the Richland Two social workers. The role of the school social worker can seem overwhelming and frustrating at times. We are pulled in countless directions and there are always fires that have to be put out. We rely on each other to help ensure our sanity. It is such a tremendous feeling to know that Tony Coleman is always willing to help us. He always has a smile and treats everyone with dignity and respect. He is a true gentlemen and always makes us feel important.
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