Local schools recognizing National School Counseling Week

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CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - You can find a school counselor's office in most schools and for the staff that works at New Bern High School, asking students questions is all part of the job.

"Helping students with college applications, helping them figure out what they want to do after high school and then we do a lot of counseling, some kids have issues at home that do affect them coming to school and we do talk to them about those things," says Alexandria Johnson, a school counselor.

This week is National School Counseling Week and school counselors across the country are celebrated for the hard work they do.

"They work so hard for all of us, they do their best to become friends with everyone that wants to use them as a resource and so I think it's awesome that they are dealing with 2,000 students, so they should be celebrated," says Anna Williams, a high school senior.

"I think it's great, they really need to be rewarded because they have a tough job and there are so many different kids that have so many issues and so many different backgrounds," says Jonathan Knapp, a high school junior.

For the students at New Bern High School, their counselors play a huge part in helping them get through anything.

"Whenever I have a situation, they guide me and give me options that I have and when I'm here and going through a sporting event or something like that, they just care about what I'm doing and they're interested in my life and they know what's going," says Faith Hanford another senior.

While it's hard work, these unsung heroes say it's all worth it.

"They are ours, not just for the four years that we have them, but beyond, if they ever need anything, so it is great to hear that we have made a positive impact on them," Johnson says.

In Craven County, there are 36 school counselors and this week, the school system has been making sure each and every counselor knows how much their students appreciate them.