• The Sawnee Counseling Department wishes everyone a safe and happy summer!

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    It has been a great school year!!!! 

    We have learned so much and worked so hard.  As summer approaches, we encourage everyone to take the opportunity to spend time together when possible, making lifelong memories. 

    The Forsyth County Public Library has tons of fun summer activity ideas and events - click here for more information:   https://www.forsythpl.org/kids\

    As summer approaches, we know many kids may spend more time on devices.  These devices can be a great way for kids to continue learning and connect with others.  However, it is important for parents to consider safety risks as well.  Here is an article from KidsHealth.org with valuable information and safety tips.  https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/screentime-bigkids.html

    Some of the tips from the article include:

    • Encourage kids to be involved in a variety of free-time activities, like spending time with friends, creating art projects, or reading. Make sure your child is physically active every day and gets enough sleep.
    • Turn off devices during meals and at least 1 hour before bedtime. Keep devices out of your child's bedroom. Also, turn off entertainment media when kids are doing homework.
    • Research video and computer games before getting them for your child. Look at the ratings, which can run from E (for "everyone") to AO (meaning "adults only"). Younger kids in grade school should probably be limited to games rated E (for "everyone"). E10+ (meaning "everyone 10 and older") may be appropriate for older kids. Preview games and even play them with your child to see what they're like before you let your child play alone. The game's rating may not match what you feel is OK for your child.
    • Spend time together with your child watching TV, playing games, or going online. Use this time as a chance to talk and learn together.
    • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch what's going on. Teach your child about safe Internet and social media use. Make sure they know the dangers of sharing private information online, cyberbullying and other internet dangers.
    • Set a good example. Turn off TVs and other devices when not in use. Turn off or mute your phone when you’re not using it and during family times, like meals.


    As we continue to recover from the very challenging past couple of years, we know many of our families and friends continue to need a little extra support.  Please find a list of some available community resources below.

    Additional Community Resources:

    Food Resource:

    Additional Food Resources:


    Phone #

    Abba’s House “Windows of Heaven” Food Pantry


    City on a Hill Church


    Creekside United Methodist Church


    Cumming Baptist Church


    Cumming First United Methodist Church


    Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit


    Food Stamps (DFCS)


    Freedom Tabernacle--“There’s Hope” Program


    Greater Heights Baptist Church- Food Pantry

    “There’s Hope” Program with Free Groceries 2nd Monday of the month for those in need

    3790 Post Road, Cumming Georgia 30040


    Helping Hands


    Hightower Baptist Association Food and Clothing Bank


    Meals By Grace Pantry


    MSG Foundation


    North Lanier Baptist Church


    The Place of Forsyth County


    St. Brendan’s Church-St. Joseph’s Food Pantry


    Vocational Rehabilitation Services





    Phone #

    Cumming Home Ministries


    Cumming Housing Authority


    Family Haven (Women and Children)


    Family Promise


    Habitat for Humanity


    Lanier Fuller Center for Housing (home repair)


    Receiving Homes (Mothers and Children)



    We hope everyone has a terrific break filled with rest, relaxation, and great memories. 

    We will see you in the Fall!!!


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