By DePaul Healthy Trailblazer Journal reporters | School Counselor Ms. Westfield said she helps children by asking the DePaul school community to donate clothes and school supplies.
She works with Cradles to Crayons to set up a winter drive at DePaul each year, she told the Healthy Trailblazer Journal recently. Cradles to Crayons is an organization that provides essential items to children from birth to age 12 who live in low-income homes or are houseless, she said.
Donation drives are not the only way Ms. Westfield helps others.
As DePaul’s Family Connections School Counselor, she talks to kids and families about their problems. For instance, she works with kids when they are not getting along. In these mediation sessions, she helps students build their relationships by giving them space to talk about their feelings. She teaches kids “how to navigate their emotions,” she said.
She said she also keeps her door open so that anyone can visit at any time. Students can vent their emotions and talk through what’s going on, Ms. Westfield said.
She also said she makes time to take care of herself. She said she helps her mental health by taking walks and listening to music. For her physical health, she does pilates, which is a type of exercise, and attends spinning classes. Spinning is a form of cycling on a stationary bike.
Illustration by Allison, fifth grade, East Norriton M.S.