Dear School Social Workers,
The SCASSW Board of Directors after much discussion made the decision to cancel the Fall Conference scheduled on November 30-December 2, 2020. Many of the districts across the state have a “no travel” policy for their staff. We are excited to offer the same training next fall and were able to transfer the “Boyz in the Hood” presentation for November/December 2021. Our Fall Conference for 2021 is now scheduled for November 29-December 1, 2021 at Embassy Suites.
The Spring Conference is scheduled for May 7th, 2021 at Saluda Shoals. Our scheduled speaker for this past May, Lyssa Harvey, will present “Using Art and Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance your Work with Children and Adolescents.”
Just a reminder regarding membership dues. They must be paid by December 31, 2020 to receive the reduced rate for the May conference. The dues are $30 for regular membership, $15 for retirees and students, and $30 for associate. Membership dues should be mailed to:
168 Mount Hope Drive
Orangeburg, SC 29118
Thank you all! -Ruth Schoonover
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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