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Counseling group honors two Gwinnett schools

SUWANEE -- The work of school counselors from Gwinnett County's Level Creek Elementary and Puckett's Mill Elementary will be honored next week at the American School Counselor Association's annual conference.

Counseling professionals will be recognized for their work, which earned their schools the Recognized ASCA Model Program designation.

Level Creek and Puckett's Mill will be recognized during a special ceremony on July 2. The counselors from the schools are Terese Danner and Krisinda Dean from Level Creek Elementary and Heather Heigl and Ginna Smith from Puckett's Mill Elementary.

GCPS Director of Advisement and Counseling Dianne Thompson will accept the recognition on behalf of the school system during the presentation next week. The RAMP designation, awarded to schools which have a counseling program aligned with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and creating an exemplary educational environment.

Richard Wong, ASCA's executive director, said this year's recipients are to be commended for their dedication to serving all students and demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students' lives. "This year's RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession," Wong said. "This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for success."

More than 450 schools have received the RAMP designation since the program's inception, including 21 Gwinnett County schools. The ASCA is a worldwide nonprofit organization which supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.