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Posted On: 30 Aug, 2019

The Canyon View High School Counseling Department of Kim Blackner, KarriAnn Raddon, Ashley Whiting, and Chad Winters was recognized at the district kickoff event on August 9th as the outstanding secondary team of the year in the Iron County School District.

Hear them on KSUB Tuesday, September 3, at 7:40 a.m.

During the 2018/2019 year, the Counseling Department at Canyon View High School has not only done stellar work with their regular departmental duties, but as a team they have spent significant time and effort on projects they felt were important for the students and school community. Faced with the challenge of providing a wellness or cool down room for students without the necessary space, the group brainstormed possible ways to accomplish this critical support for their students. They devised a plan to use bilateral tappers both in the classroom and the counseling department to help students deal with emotional situations. The only problem was that they did not have the devices.  The counseling department set out to find money.  Through presentations and explanations to several different funding groups, they were able to secure funding to purchase sets of tappers. This effort continued and now there are twenty sets of tappers at CVHS deployed with teachers, administrators, and in the counseling area. The devices are in use every day, and the effects have been so dramatic that several parents have purchased tappers for their children to use at home.

CVHS has also started to focus on increasing resilience among their students. Chad Winters has helped prepare lessons on resilience to be used 10 to 15 times in FLEX classes throughout the year.  To emphasize this effort and to extend it to the Iron County school community, the counseling department decided to go big. They hatched an effort to bring Elizabeth Smart to Iron County, feeling that her story illustrates resilience in the face of tragedy and circumstances beyond her control. It worked!  Despite several challenges, in early February, Elizabeth Smart shared her story of perseverance and resilience with about 4,000 Iron County residents. These visionary efforts exemplify the counseling team at CVHS. Nothing is too big or too hard if they believe it is the right thing for their students.

They make life better for CVHS kids.