Of course every school has a meet the teacher/open house event. This not only is a great time to introduce yourself to parents and students, tell them why the school counselor is so awesome but also a time display your "counselor wish list". All the teachers at my school have a wish list of items outside of their classroom door that parents can donate to the classroom. Well this year, I decided to join in and make a "counselor wish list" for counselor things that will be used for students (not to mention that fact that our salaries have been frozen yet again, for a 6th year but that's another post). On my wish list, I asked for gift cards (in any dollar amount) to stores where I can purchase many counselor goodies from (Target, Walmart, AC Moore & Michael's).
To make my wish list, I typed "JYJ Counselor Wishlist" in Word and made little tags of the items on my wish list, that parents can take off the board. You could also just write your wish list items on post-it notes (several teachers do this at my school). I put them on a piece of colored paper right outside of my door. My office is in the main hallway and gets lots of traffic.
|Wish list sign (made in Word)|
|Wish list take away tags (also made in Word)|
|Tags on colored paper|
Having these wish list items will be a great way to have more supplies for counselor ideas and lessons that myself and the counselor intern can use throughout the school year. This counselor wish list may or may not be ideal based on your school population (always do what works best for you). I am very fortunate to work at a school where parents are extremely supportive with providing needed items and supplies for all staff.
I'm so excited that I was able to have my own "wish list" this year and have the opportunity to bring new supplies to my school counselor program.
Do you use a school counselor wish list at your school?