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Schools celebrate social workers

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK 3-8-13

JONESBORO — This week, March 4-8, is School Social Workers Appreciation Week.

March is National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme, “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy,” emphasizes the value of using personal strengths and self-advocacy to manage serious life challenges.

Dr. Maureen Egbuna is a school social worker for Clayton County Public Schools. She said professionals in her field are tasked with identifying and eliminating barriers to students’ learning, mobilizing resources to meet the needs of families and providing social work services that promote successful outcomes.

“School social workers serve as the link between the student, school, home and the community by coordinating services and developing strategies and interventions to improve students’ academic, social and behavioral performance,” said Egbuna.

She said social workers regularly assist students with emotional and social problems and address other issues relating to truancy, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy and alcohol and substance abuse.

“As a part of the educational team, school social workers collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators and other support personnel to assist students in reaching their fullest academic potential and increase their participation in all educational programs,” said the social worker.

Shannon represents North Clayton at state fair

Faith Shannon claimed the top prize at the Clayton County Science Fair and will advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair this month in Athens. The fair is a statewide venue for displaying the science and engineering research of middle and high school students.

Principal Shakira Brown Rice said three other students also placed at the local competition. Morgan Flood won second place, while Melan Syndor and Terrance Dorsey won third-place prizes in different categories.

“These students competed against other science scholars from the district and did an excellent job of representing North Clayton Middle,” said Rice.

Footman moves on to state SKILLS USA

Riverdale High School student Shavon Footman placed second in cosmetology at the SKILLS USA Region FIVE competition and will advance to state March 21-23.

In other news at Riverdale High, Elisia Pastueur was recognized with a regional proficiency award for students who accomplish more than 300 hours in a supervised agriculture experience project. She is a finalist for state recognition.

The school’s Konfuzion Step Team took the grand prize at the Fayette County High School Step Show recently. Student David Phan was elected to serve as sergeant at arms for the state’s Technology Student Association.

Military notes

Army National Guard Pvt. Travis Cason recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Cason is the son of Craig Cason and stepson of Rhonda Cason, both of Jonesboro. He is also the son of Evelyn Cason of Atlanta and a 2012 graduate of Mundy’s Mill High School.

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