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West students explore career options
Bun Bun rabbit
Bun Bun, a male lionhead rabbit, enjoys attention from students, from left, Lesly Bello and Melanie Lopez. The girls are students in Joan Steakleys fifth-grade class.

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up. Students at West Elementary were exposed to a variety of vocations at the annual Career Day held at the school.

School counselor Emily Haston organized the activities, with students in pre-K through second grade participating in a Career Day on Wheels. They viewed a firetruck, an ambulance, a hearse, a race car and a bucket truck, posing questions to the representatives about the purpose of each. Also the Warren County High School ROTC Pioneer Raider Team conducted rope exercises on the school lawn.

The third- through fifth-grade students enjoyed visits from WCHS students in the culinary arts program, veterinary science, megatronics, CADD, criminal justice and health science classes.

Fashion photographer Brett Warren and fashion designer Ashley Balding also conducted informative sessions for students.

“This is the first year we included high school students and they were quite helpful, providing information about their classes,” said Haston. “We wanted our kids to learn they can start early training for a life-long career.”

As part of a comprehensive school counseling program, students are to acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that enable them to make a successful transition from school to the world of work and from job to job across the career life span. 

Warren County School’s mission and vision is focused on all students to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school. For this to be successful it has to start at an early age. 

“It’s never too soon to introduce the concepts of work and career to students,” said Haston. “Inviting community members to our school each spring for career day is a fun and exciting way to teach these skills.”