CHATTANOOGA, TN: Counselors from 95 Hamilton County schools were invited to the 9th annual Healthy Choices for Youth Chattanooga Summit. They listened to speakers touch on subjects like online security.
Melissa Brassel Counselor of Orchard Knob Middle school, "It's very important, it's not only something that is needed but they can use it for life-long purposes. They get out of school and they can still use the practices that we come and learn and teach them...for instance today, it's about online safety and security they can always use that when they're out of school as well."
Area businesses set up booths providing networking opportunities for the educators. Each school was given a credit to use for student resources like books, DVDs and computer software.
Lisa Blakely Hamilton Co. Counselor, "It's easy to sit back and use the same skills over and over every year but when you come to events like these this is one of my favorites because we're able to get new recourses because of the very generous local donors..."
Representatives from the National Center for Youth Issues were excited to also host award-winning author Julia Cook as the headline speaker. She's written over 50 children's books telling stories of social, emotional and physical issues that children face in a way they'll understand.
Julia Cook, "You can model positive teaching strategies for teachers and counselors and you know you don't want to wave the child's wand and solve their problem for them, you want to teach them to become the life-long problem solver and books are a great venue to get that information to kids."