Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hey there Philly!

What better place than the city of brotherly love for the National ASCA conference to take place this year? The city will be filled with July 4th activities, concerts, food, and thousands of counselors all wanting to learn more about the worlds best profession (clearly no biased opinions on this blog...). Geographically located in the south, I sadly will be participating from afar, but am excited to hear about all the great ideas people are sharing and trying out. To get my feet wet,  I downloaded the ASCA app and started poking around at all the amazing speakers and their topics.

 Since I am in the blogging world, I wanted to see which technology sessions there would be so I jumped to one of my  favorite bloggers: Danielle Schultz- a PA girl- and look who she happened to give a shout out to?!?!

Danielle, thanks for thinking of me- I appreciate your drive behind counseling and technology and bridging the gaps that currently exist! Philly, I love you and I hope you all have a great week! I will be there virtually and can't wait for what's in store!

Love always,
Your Floridian Chick

Friday, June 7, 2013

Meet Ginger!

Dogs. Big. Small. Skinny. Not so skinny. I love them all. They are a man's best friend and have a 6th sense for emotions. When you need some extra love, they are always there to give a lick, a bark, or a friendly. tail wag. The Pawsitive Pets Program has recently come to our school and I cannot think of a better image than watching children read to a dog as she/he sits there, wagging it's tail, enjoying a little TLC. The program is put together by R.E.A.D. Program of North East Florida and the Pet Assisted Therapy Services and I am so thankful for their hard work and dedication to education and love for animals.

Ginger comes to school once a week and spends time with some of our readers that are experiencing some anxiety and frustration while reading. The best part about Ginger is that she never interrupts them, never makes fun of them for mispronouncing a word, or judges them for their reading abilities. Each student gets about 20 minutes to read any book they want to Ginger and practice their reading skills.

It is one of the most amazing programs that I have seen and the children are absolutely LOVING their time with Ginger.  Please check out the website and see for yourself how beneficial this could be for your students!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Donuts with Darlings

If you have been following me, you know that we did a similar event in the fall, "Donuts with Dudes". Since Mother's day was recently celebrated, we wanted to let all the wonderful women know how appreciated they are. We invited every student to bring their "darlings" to school for breakfast. In today's society, we know there are not just Moms anymore, there are step-moms, aunts, girl cousins, sisters, etc raising our students. We wanted to include everyone and let them get to spend a little extra time with their sons and daughters. It was a great event and we were thrilled to celebrate these amazing people. 25 DOZEN donuts later, it is safe to say- we had a good time:)

Still on a sugar high,
Your Floridian Chick