Did you know that the week of March 6-10, 2017, marks the celebration of School Social Work Week? Germantown Municipal School District is proud to join with school districts across the nation to celebrate our two social workers, Christy Law of the district office and Denise Fisher of Houston High School. With this year's theme of "Be the Change," school social workers across the country will be highlighting their critically important role in helping students every day to meet the academic, social, and emotional challenges on the road to becoming successful and productive young adults.
"We provide support and training to our students, their families, and our staff on all matters related to mental health," explains Christy Law who serves as both the School Counseling Coordinator and the District-wide Social Worker. Denise Fisher who works specifically with our high school students works on-site at Houston High School in a supportive role. Each year, our social workers actively provide ongoing training and professional development to our school counselors and our teachers and staff on the topic of mental health of children. "We also are fortunate to advocate for our students and their families, helping them through referrals to outside agencies and providing any supports that they may need," says Law.
Rebecca Oliver, Executive Director of the School Social Work Association, noted, "School Social Workers are agents of change. When students do not feel heard, School Social Workers listen. When students or families have unmet needs, School Social Workers advocate for needed support and/or services. When students, families or communities feel marginalized, School Social Workers are an empowering force for change.”
We wish our two GMSD social workers a very happy, School Social Workers Week!