Career Day at Henry Ward Elementary in Richmond, Virginia is an annual event. It’s an opportunity for parents, grandparents, friends, and businesses to showcase their professions and share what they do in their jobs.
It’s also an age appropriate presentation meant to motivate and inspire students to dream about what interests they might have and what they will be “when they grow up”. Each grade level has three to four presenters that briefly share what they do in their jobs.
Most have a hands-on activity and end with a question/answer session. Students are encouraged to dress in their aspiring career.
I have been participating in some type of Career Day ever since my kids were little. Even though they are in college, I still enjoy giving back and participating in these activities. In this particular school, I presented to four second grades. This is a critical year for a youngster.
Future prison growth is forecasted based on state test scores of third graders. I usually ask each student to share what they want to be “when they grow up”. I then show a brief trucking video which is always a big hit! I can stop and re-wind anytime to explain what a tractor, trailer, and a sleeper tractor are.
The students are always amazed when they learn that I cannot drive a truck, giving me the opportunity to try to explain all the different job opportunities – thus, the reason why reading and math are important.
I always receive the nicest thank you cards. This year I received close to 80 cards, a few of which I’m able to share here with you. Click on the images below to make them bigger.
And of course, I look forward to next year!