GES holds first ca­reer day

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GRA­SONVILLE — Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School’s first Ca­reer Day on Wed­nes­day, March 16, fea­tured pre­sen­ta­tions by pro­fes­sion­als in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, talk­ing about their work.

Ca­reers that were show­cased in­cluded a fire­fighter, nurse, con­struc­tion worker, li­brar­ian, seafood farmer, lawyer, coach, physi­cian’s as­sis­tant, phys­i­cal ther­a­pist, fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor, he­li­copter pi­lot, banker, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, fit­ness in­struc­tor, den­tal hy­gien­ist, SWAT mem­ber, me­te­o­rol­o­gist, mar­keter, prin­ci­pal, cor­po­rate fi­nance spokesper­son, prin­ci­pal and some­one from in­for­ma­tion ser­vices and tech­nol­ogy.

“I was very pleased with how well our first an­nual Ca­reer Day turned out,” said fifth grade teacher Lis­beth Haarhoff, who, along with the Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee, led the ca­reer fair. “The stu­dents had a great time learn­ing about var­i­ous ca­reers. I was es­pe­cially pleased that many stu­dents chose a ca­reer pre­sen­ta­tion to at­tend that they were not fa­mil­iar with. This in­tro­duced them to new pro­fes­sions that they could get ex­cited about.”

Stu­dents in grades three to five also had the op­por- tu­nity to choose on­line via a sur­vey their top five choices in ca­reers, out of 15 op­tions pro­vided.

“I re­ally liked hear­ing about Un­der Ar­mour from Mr. [Bryon] Of­futt. He told us about a lot of his prod­ucts and gave us stick­ers. I think I would like to do that ca­reer later in life be­cause it would be re­ally fun,” said fifth-grader Lo­gan Burns.

Fifth-grader Kather­ine Al­varenga said she “liked learn­ing about how to be­come a prin­ci­pal and learned how long you would have to go to col­lege to be­come a prin­ci­pal.”

“GES stu­dents were very ex­cited to visit the var­i­ous ar­eas of the school to in­ter­act with par­ents, com­mu­nity mem­ber, and staff, to learn about the fields that they work in,” said Prin­ci­pal Michelle Carey.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Physi­cian’s As­sis­tant Chris Wilde shows first grade stu­dents at Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School xrays of a hu­man skull. He was one of sev­eral pro­fes­sion­als ap­pear­ing at the school’s Ca­reer Day.

Char­ac­ter Counts Pil­lar of the Month: Trust­wor­thy

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Elaine But­ler and Chris Perkins with Char­ac­ter Counts hold up the procla­ma­tion for the April Pil­lar of the Month, “Trust­wor­thy,” with Mat­a­peake El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Carol Kamp and sec­ond grade teacher Dawn Kelly.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Bal­ti­more County SWAT Team mem­ber Chad Schroyer shows stu­dents some of his tac­ti­cal equip­ment dur­ing Ca­reer Day at Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School.

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