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March 6, 2013

Happy School Social Work Week!

We hope that you have found a way to celebrate with the school social workers in your school district.   We also hope that YOU have been acknowledged for all you do!  If  you still need ideas on how to celebrate, check our website.   

We are delighted to share that our 2011 SSWAA Children’s Champion, Representative Gwen Moore of Wisconsin has introduced a National Resolution to commemorate March 3-9, 2013 as “School Social Work Week.” 

Representative Moore issued a press release along with her Resolution stating, “By working to strengthen positive social and emotional development in our children, school social workers improve the success rate of children coming from a disadvantaged background, lending a much-needed hand in our efforts to create a more equal society. Unfortunately, there are often not enough school social workers to meet the needs of at-risk youth…. That’s why I’ve introduced the School Social Workers Improving Student Success (SSWISS) Act (H.R. 563). If passed, the SSWISS Act would create a grant program that helps high-need schools hire additional social workers who would be tasked with targeting their services toward the highest need students.”

“As we continue to explore ways to improve our educational system, let us use this week to recognize the contributions of school social workers and the vital role they play in helping our children reach their fullest potential.”

Read the full Press Release at: http://gwenmoore.house.gov/press-releases/gwen-moore-introduces-school-social-work-week-resolution/

We can show Representative Moore our appreciation for her efforts by getting our Members of Congress to co-sponsor her SSWISS Act. See http://sswaa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=238 to read how you can urge your Representative to sign on!

State Governors Issue Proclamations 

We are also pleased to share the news that a great many of your state Governors have issued their own Proclamations. This year, SSWAA sent letters to all the Governors requesting that they commemorate School Social Work Week and acknowledge the work of the school social workers in their state. We have been overwhelmed by the response. Many Governors were ready and willing to do this – all you have to do is ask! We strongly encourage your state to follow this model next year and strengthen your contacts with the State Governor's Office. For more information, contact SSWAA Government Relations'  staff member, Libby Nealis at Libby@sswaa.org

SSWAA Legislative Advocacy Team

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