Dear School Social Workers,
March 3 – 9, 2019 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.
Ruth Schoonover, President
SC Association of School Social Workers
The 2017 School Social Worker of the Year was awarded to Courtney Jones from Clover School District. Mr. Jones is compassionate, empathetic, kind, caring and involved with his students. He is an outstanding role model for all students, and he is always positive and pleasant. Mr. Jones was described as “someone who moves with quiet strength to positively impact the lives of students, staff, and his colleagues.” He has made a huge impact on Clover School District by starting and maintaining after school programs for students. In addition, Mr. Jones expertise on technology and policy has been invaluable to SCASSW. Congratulations to Mr. Courtney Jones, SCASSW School Social Worker of the Year!
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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