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Chester County Mayor signs school counseling, heart defect awareness proclamations

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Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week February 7-14

WHEREAS, the health and well-being of congenital heart patients is of paramount importance; and
WHEREAS, each year in the United States, more than 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect; and
WHEREAS, the medical community has identified congenital heart defects as the leading cause of birth defect related deaths; and
WHEREAS, medical research can provide more identifiable means of the origins and symptoms of congenital heart defects; and
WHEREAS, there is no cure for congenital heart defects, and it is a lifelong disease requiring ongoing specialized care; and
WHEREAS, fewer than 10% of adults with congenital heart disease are receiving recommended care; and
WHEREAS, it is crucial that individuals planning a family, fetal clinicians, obstetric physicians, pediatricians, and all those in the medical field have a greater understanding of the potential for congenital heart defects; and
WHEREAS, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week provides the opportunity for patients and families affected by this condition to share their experiences and knowledge, so that the general public may be aware of how this defect affects our lives.
THEREFORE, I, Barry Hutcherson, thereby proclaim February 7-14, 2021, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and encourage all to join me in this special observance.

Proclamation for National School Counseling Week Feb. 1-5

WHEREAS, school counselors are employed in public and private schools to help students reach their full potential; and WHEREAS, school counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development; and WHEREAS, school counselors help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of their children; and WHEREAS, school counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves; and WHEREAS, school counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society; and WHEREAS, comprehensive developmental school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school;
Therefore, I, Barry Hutcherson, do hereby proclaim February 1–5, 2021, a National School Counseling Week.

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