Welcome to the Parent and Student Advisory Council on Student Wellness page! The Council is an initiative of the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) through the South Carolina Department of Education in partnership with the Federation of Families of South Carolina.
The council ambassadors represent three school districts in the state: Anderson 2, Florence 1 and Sumter. The Council works together to identify opportunities and barriers to student wellness. They develop awareness campaigns and other activities to contribute to increased understanding and support of student wellness. The Parent and Student Advisory Council for Student Wellness selected the theme “Thriving in Wellness: Social Emotional Health Matters” for its awareness projects for the
2020-2021 academic year.
Check out the video below for the “I Wish My Teacher Knew…” campaign distributed in Anderson School District 2! The project included a Google Form that students could fill out to privately share things they wish their teacher knew, whether it be some exciting news or an area where they need support or compassion.
The council has also launched photo contests and have additional activities planned for January 2021! If you are a student or parent of a student in any of the three districts mentioned, reach out to get connected with the council!
Meet the Parent & Student Ambassadors for Anderson School District 2
“Student wellness is vital to education and life outside of school,” said Tracy Pruitt, a 5th grade teacher of Belton Elementary School. “There is such a stigma of mental health and it is important to stop the stigma and educate everyone, at all ages, about the importance of wellness.”
“Student wellness to me, means that a student is getting help for certain things, not to be “perfect” or in “perfect mental health” but as in getting better,” said
Leanna Elrod, student of Belton-Honea Path High School.