In the season of St. Patrick’s Day, I feel so lucky to be a College Counselor! Every day I get to help students plan for their future. As a group, we are fortunate that we have each other for help, advice, encouragement or even a much needed laugh. As both a celebration of our hard work and an opportunity to enrich our knowledge, the conference chairs are eagerly preparing for our annual conference, “Going the Extra Mile for Students.” You will see that many things are the same; however, the conference chairs have some exciting surprises in store for you during May 4-6th at The Westin in Itasca.
As we work on our new year’s resolutions and look forward to spring, the conference chairs are energetically planning the Annual Conference, Going the Extra Mile for Students. Please mark your calendar for May 4-6th to join us for what promises to be an educational and fun-filled event.
“Thanks to all of the generous donations from Project Reach, our homeless students received new book bags with packets of paper, notebooks, pens, pencils and calculators! We were able to stock the English department with Ayn Rand’s book; the library with The Great Books; the counseling and college lab with college and scholarship resource books; the math department with protractors and calculators. We also hosted a school-wide jeopardy contest (with college related questions offcourse) and prized winners with gym bags and book bags filled with lanyards, school supplies, and more!”
College and Career Coach
Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, 2010 Project Reach Recipient
Project Reach is our professional organization’s service project and the recipient of this year’s award will be announced at the IACAC annual conference, Going the Extra Mile for Students. We hope to touch the lives of many students by collecting and donating school supplies and college counseling items to a high school (or high schools) in need. We encourage IACAC members to donate new school supplies that are appropriate for high school-aged students/classrooms. Donations will be collected at each of the seven District Seminars held throughout the state in March 2011 and at the Annual Conference in Itasca from May 4-6, 2011.
At the NACAC National Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, three members of IACAC were honored for their long-term commitment to our profession and serving students in their postsecondary transition. Marybeth Kravets (retired from Deerfield H.S.) received the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award, Aliza Gilbert (Highland Park H.S.) received the Human Relations Award, and Marsha Hubbuch (retired from Riverside-Brookfield H.S.), for her initiation of Project Reach, received the Rising Star Award.