HMS Counseling Newsletter

June 2017

Ms. Stokes says goodbye to HMS

After 11 years as a school counselor at Holbrook Middle School, Ms. Stokes is saying goodbye. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Masters program in school counseling, Ms. Stokes accepted her first job out of graduate school at Holbrook, and claims that Holbrook has "taught me everything that I know about being a school counselor." She would like to express her gratitude and appreciation to the staff, parents, students, and community members she has had the privilege of working with while at Holbrook. While Stokes is sad to leave her home of 11 years, she is excited to begin a new chapter in her life. She has accepted a position for next year as a school counselor at South Point High School.

Summer Programs:

Looking for ways to keep your students busy this summer? Check out these summer programs below:

Reading Skills & Speed Reading Program for Children and Adults

The University of Charlotte in conjunction with the Institute of Reading Development is offering a reading skills and speed reading program for adults and children during the month of July. Instructors claim that "in these effective and enjoyable summer programs, our average student will improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction and learn to read twice as fast. Students learn the best way to read and study textbooks and take notes. Your student will complete homework more quickly and easily and enjoy reading more." For more information or to register, please contact the Institute of Reading Development at 1-800-715-2083.

Citizen's Police Academy for Youth

The Citizen's Police Academy for Youth is a one-week program designed to provide Gaston County children, ages 12-15, first hand information about how the Police Department functions. This year's academy will be conducted Monday, July 10-Friday, July 14. Classes are held at the Gaston County Police Department's headquarters at 420 West Franklin Blvd. For more information, please visit the Gaston County Police Department's website below.

First Aid/ CPR/ Babysitting Certification

On Saturday, June 17 the Girls Scouts will be offering a babysitting class for girls ages 11-17 at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Mt. Holly, from 8:00 am- 3:00 pm. During this class, young ladies will learn the skills needed to be a responsible babysitter, including earning their official First Aid and CPR certification. The fee is $20 and includes instruction materials, lunch/snacks, and patch. For more information, please call 800-672-2148 or email To register, click the link below:

CFNC Summer Programs

The College Foundation of North Carolina is a great place to check for exciting programs for youth of all ages. Click on the link below to view their website.

Have a safe and relaxing summer! See ya next year!