Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded
A Birch Lane Elementary student looks to a new tile mural on the school playground for advice in resolving minor conflicts. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Navigating the social mores of the elementary school playground can be a challenge.
Rare is the adult organizing and running activities or serving as referee, so the kids themselves, as young as 5 or 6 years old, find themselves learning by doing — learning how to get along and solve problems simply by doing so.
At Birch Lane Elementary School, on a wall facing the blacktop, near the bathrooms and drinking fountains, there is now a place where kids can go to get some help.
Most, if not all, of these kids already know the strategies for ... Continue Reading