Citizens in this community and nationwide need to honor school counselors for their valuable contributions to the advancement of education. Counselors can have a profound impact on students' academic and personal development.

Today's counselors deal face to face with many of the nation's most serious problems of those who are most afflicted - our children. It is important for us to realize that counseling is an integral part of the education process for all students as they grow and adjust to our very complex society. Every day, counselors work hard to advance the talent and potential of every student and to provide all students with the educational, psychological and interpersonal skills necessary to enhance the learning experience.Those of us who were students in public, private or parochial schools, as well as students in our community's classrooms today, owe a debt of gratitude to the counselors who have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of students.

We should stop to recognize school counselors for the positive impact they have on our children's lvies.

JoAnna Kraus

Sylvan Learning Center

Salt Lake City