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Leila Davis Elementary School counselor promotes kindness

Posted at 4:10 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 07:20:38-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Help build better humans. That is the theme this year for the American School Counselor Association.

They also want to let students and parents know that they are there for students every day, not just in a crisis.

Leila G. Davis Elementary counselor Vanessa Lofstedt is no different. We caught up with her as she was giving a lesson to students teaching the importance of kindness.

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"I find that most kids need some help with getting along with other people and I want them to learn how to get along to make the world a better place," says Lofstedt.

As part of National School Counselor week, Lofstedt says there's a big misconception about what counselors do. They're not just waiting in their office for a crisis but do go into the classroom and meet with students.

"Really talking through the simple things they can do to help motivate others really helps them build relationships with their family and friends," says Lofstedt.