Middle school implements counseling for social skills

Eighth graders will mentor seventh graders this year in a social skills initiative developed by middle school chaplain Rabbi Emily Feigenson.

The initiative will implement a counseling system led by selected eighth graders. A team of these mentors will meet with the seventh graders in their class meetings during the fall and discuss strategies for approaching and handling challenging social situations.

“The goal of the program is to name a social challenge, to acknowledge it, and reduce stress so you don’t feel alone,” Feigenson said.

—Claire Goldsmith