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Published on February 13th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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SCHOOL COUNSELORS EARN RECOGNITION WHILE HELPING FAMILIES

Pictured Lee York, School Counseling Director at Kelly Mill Middle School

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Throughout February, Richland Two school counselors will be involved in an outreach initiative called “R2 Cares.” District Lead Counselor Dr. O’ Tasha Morgan says, “R2 Cares is a way of connecting with the community and demonstrating the caring heart and holistic view that school counselors have for their students and families.” Counselors are volunteering at God’s Storehouse, a community non-profit agency that provides food and clothing to families in need.  Among the volunteers is Lee York, School Counseling Director at Kelly Mill Middle School. York was recently named the State Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA).

“Giving back to my community and to those in our school system is very rewarding,” York said. “I am extremely fortunate to be honored for working in a profession that I thoroughly enjoy.”

York has been a professional school counselor for 16 years. PSSCA nominated him to represent South Carolina in the National School Counselor of the Year Award competition. The national award is a new one started by the American School Counselor Association and ​​First Lady Michelle Obama.

School counselors in Richland Two have been especially busy this year. Several counselors, including Anna Claire Freeman (Round Top Elementary), York and Sierra Barnes (Kelly Mill Middle) and Dr. Morgan presented at the PSSCA conference. Additionally, Morgan, Freeman, Barnes, Ryan Brooks (Blythewood High) and Megan Allen (Sandlapper Elementary) were invited to present a session on “Perspectives of first year professional school counselors: How to get the most from your graduate school counseling program” at the 9th Annual University of South Carolina Counseling Conference.

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