School Counseling Programs

Elementary Counseling Programs

*Programs are based on student need and availability*

Backpack Program  
Nutritional snacks and supplemental food items are sent home with families each weekend. It is available to any family in need and an application must be completed.

Big Buddy/Little Buddy Program 
This program is designed for students in grades 1-3 who would benefit from weekly contact with a high school student, who serves as a positive role model. The program is limited to a set number of students in each of our elementary schools and have been selected for this school year. Should your child be in the program, please refer to the field trip dates and details sent home.  A list of dates are also marked on the Big Buddy tab for a quick review should you have lost your paperwork.

Caring and Sharing Program  
This confidential program is available for families in need and offers assistance in the month of December for the holiday season.  Please contact your child’s school counselor in the beginning of October should you be a family in need or a family who would like to assist one of our families. Please note that if you reach out at a later time, there may not be resources available. If your family has additional needs at any point in the school year, please reach out to your child’s school counselor for resources that can assist you. 

Classroom Lessons 
Lessons occur in your child's classroom throughout the school year on a variety of different topics which include social skills, problem solving skills, coping skills, and bullying.  Second grade students will also receive a lesson on the topic of careers - please refer to the Classroom Lessons tab for details.

Connect with a Kid Mentor/Mentee Program 
The Connect with a Kid Mentor/Mentee Program matches a student with a YT faculty or staff member. The goal of the program is to foster positive relationships with our students while enhancing self-esteem. These connections can help students develop into the best person and students that they can be! The faculty and staff members participating in the program volunteer their time to connect with the students at least once a week in a variety of ways. The program begins in November and concludes with the end of school.

Kids Group 
Kids Group is a small support group (4 - 6 students) that helps students learn coping skills to deal with the perceived stressors in life that may be having an adverse effect on their lives and affecting them during the school day. While the group is not "therapeutic", the small group dynamics allows students to learn new skills, to recognize that they are not alone and that other children share similar feelings and experiences. Groups run a set number of sessions based on the need, meeting once a week. Topics are specific to the needs of the group. Parent permission is required for this program (see below). Should you wish to have your child participate in a group, please contact your child's classroom teacher or myself.

New Student Groups 
All new students to York Township in grades 1, 2, and 3 will be offered to participate in a 4 week New Student Group. Participation is optional and a parent permission is required. Upon the students first few days of school, I will meet with the new student and them them a welcome package long with the permission form.

School-Based Therapy  
PCBH (Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health) offers therapeutic counseling to students in need.  Sessions can occur during the school day or at their office.  The sessions are billed through your insurance.  A referral form and release of information are required.  If you are interested in this service, please contact your child’s school counselor.

*Please contact Mrs. Lubaszewski at 717-741-2281 or should you have any questions about the guidance services.


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