Woodland Elementary School first-grader Brayden Allen wants to be a scientist.
“I love science,” he said.
During his school’s Career Day event held Tuesday, Allen said he liked speaking with U.S. Army and Hardin County Water District No. 1 representatives, engineers and nurses.
Allen was one of the hundreds of Woodland Elementary School students to participate in Career Day that coincided with the fifth-graders’ Work Ethic Certification interviews.
Pete Countryman, a retired postal worker, was one of the many community members assisting in the interviews. He said it was a wonderful experience and important since “these young people will lay the foundation for the community later as business, civic and community leaders.”
Countryman interviewed eight students. He said they spoke about the importance of attendance at school and work, showing respect for classmates or workmates and using their time, talent and skills to help the community.
Countryman also asked the students about their goal in life and how being a student at Woodland Elementary School helps prepare them for that goal.
“They did wonderful,” he said.
Countryman said one student who came in wearing a dress shirt and tie.
“He came in, stood up, shook my hand and introduced himself. He was the perfect little gentleman,” he said. “He made quite the impression.”
Tina Lynch of Abound Credit Union called Career Day “awesome.”
“There are a lot of things they could be doing for the last week of school and they are doing something educational,” she said. “It really keeps their wheels turning and kind of gives them a feel of all kinds of different positions and jobs.”
Woodland Elementary School Principal Dawn Tarquinio said Career Day activities give students the opportunity to learn about various occupations from local community leaders and workers.
“We believe with so many things happening in our district, with EC3, getting your associates before graduating high school, there are just too many opportunities in our district for you to not have something like this in our elementary school,” she said.
Family Resource Coordinator Shameka Hardin said Career Day has continued to grow since she started at the school in 2017. She said many students don’t know that all these opportunities are out there.
“I love for them to see it and know it,” she said.
Work Ethic Certification interviews and career days have been taking place across the district over the last couple of weeks.