Fairgrieve Elementary School recently hosted its second annual College and Career Day, providing fifth and sixth grade students with the opportunity to discuss their futures with professionals from a wide variety of fields.
Speakers from 13 different career fields held presentations to describe a day in the life of their profession, and answer any questions students may have had regarding their career.
“It went even better than last year,” said school home liaison Ariana Suhr, who helped coordinate the event. “Last year we had 11 career rooms and this year, with a little juggling of career areas, we were able to expand it to 13 career rooms to include a sports themed room, a journalism room, an arts room and a theatre room, all of which were new additions.”
Suhr said she believes the students gained a lot of experience from the event, as she witnessed students taking notes and asking important questions.
“Many students expressed that they have a good idea of what they would like to do in the future after experiencing this event,” said Suhr. “Aside from gaining an early awareness and readiness for college and careers, this is a unique experience for students to interact with a variety of adults and practice important 21st century skills such as gathering information and communication.”
Throughout the event, students wore T-shirts that stated, “Hello, I am a future…” and each student finished the sentence by writing what career field they would like to pursue.
Suhr said the t-shirts really helped the students interact and converse with the business representatives and college representatives in attendance.
“We had excellent business participation with more than 35 career area representatives, and the college fair portion of the event went just as well,” said Suhr. “We were told by Amy Graham from Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital, ‘I don’t normally do elementary school college fairs, but I will come to this one every year because it’s so well organized and the students are so respectful and polite.’”
Suhr thanked all the volunteers and representatives for making the event possible, and noted that the school already has its sights set on its third annual event, which may include activities for even younger students.
“It’s never too early to starting setting long-term goals,” Suhr said.