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RUSD Counselors Spend Afternoon on the Hill

03/09/2020

As part of the annual Wisconsin School Counselor Association’s (WSCA) state conference, which took place in Madison February 18-20, counselors from across the state took to the state capitol to spend an “Afternoon on the Hill” with their local state legislators.

Two Racine Unified School District counselors participated in this Afternoon on the Hill advocacy event, Jennifer Binneboese and Kristin Gibson. Jennifer is the lead counselor at Park High School and Kristin is the K-4 counselor at Gilmore Fine Arts K-8 School.  

During Afternoon on the Hill, Jennifer had the opportunity to meet with Senator Chris Larson and Representative Christine Sinicki while Kristin spoke with Representative Robert Wittke and Senator Van Wanggaard.  Both counselors advocated for more funding for mental health in the school setting, shared the impact that school counselors have and the importance of having a manageable ratio of students per counselor (the American School Counselor Association recommendation 250:1).

Additionally, both Jennifer and Kristin are current WSCA Directors of Operations.  These volunteer director positions assist in the front-line planning of WSCA events and activities, everything from the annual conference, other professional development opportunities, professional recognition and advocacy. Jennifer is the Director of Social Media and Technology and Kristin is the Director of Membership.