Seeing a day in the life

New Hope students learn about different careers
Mar. 28, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

TOWNSVILLE — New Hope Elementary School’s cafeteria was loud Friday.

Groups of third- through fifth-graders wandered around, grabbing cupcakes and asking questions about what it was like to be a sheriff’s deputy, a teacher or a pastry chef.

More than 10 organizations visited the school for a career fair Friday.

In the parking lot, younger students were fascinated by big, shiny transportation and fire trucks and a police car. They screamed in excitement at the vehicles’ loud honks.

Inside, students were able to visit the organizations’ tables, take pamphlets and ask questions.

“Pre-K through second grade is more about career awareness, while third through fifth is about career exploration,” said guidance counselor Barbara Slaughter. “We want to make sure they are prepared for middle school.”

A variety of groups were represented, among them the sheriff’s office, fire department, Local Government Federal Credit Union, Nash Health Care, Boyd Automotive, Wal-Mart, Tasty Treats and Premier Woman’s Health.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to be here,” Wal-Mart distributions operations manager Cassius Brock said. “We have the opportunity to educate our youth at a young age.”

For their part, the kids seemed to enjoy talking with adults about their jobs.

“I like the career fair,” fourth-grader Jayln Jefferson said. “It’s very fun. It just made my day. I really liked the technology, science, the newspaper and the nursing.”

Jayln said he wanted to be a scientist one day.

Teachers and staff facilitated as students moved from table to table. Event organizer Jameka Floyd, a counselor at the school, said she was pleased students were so excited and engaged.

“The people who participate and come out help kids think about what they need to do to get where they are,” substitute teacher Roberta Thompson said. “They are telling them the requirements, and sometimes it’s better coming from them than me.”

 

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