WHEREAS, comprehensive school counseling programs are an integral part of the education process and student success; and
WHEREAS, school counselors work together with parents and guardians to focus on ways to further the educational, personal, and social growth of students; and
WHEREAS, school counselors are primary partners in state and local efforts to improve the academic achievement of all students and reduce dropout rates; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the resources necessary to succeed in their academic careers; and
WHEREAS, National School Counseling Week is an opportunity to recognize the work of school counselors across the Commonwealth and the United States for their continuing commitment to education; and
WHEREAS, National School Counseling Week is intended to garner public attention to the unique contributions of professional counselors within our school system;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 3-7, 2020, as NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.