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Midway hosts ‘Career on Wheels’

Posted: May 28, 2013 3:35 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.
Miciah Bennett/C-I

Steven Peebles, of Reliable Termite and Pest Control, took questions from MES students about his day-to-day job duties. Peebles was one of several professionals who participated in MES Career on Wheels Day.

Midway Elementary School (MES) students are already thinking about their future careers.

MES held its first Career on Wheels Day Friday; Columbia broadcast news and radio stations visited MES students, as well as some local businesses. Local law enforcement, the Flowers Shop, Cassatt Water Co., Prestage Farms, KB Towing,  Camden Department of Public Works, the Kershaw County Fire Department and Reliable Termite and Pest Solutions all helped MES students start thinking about what they might want to do when the grow up. The Geek Squad, a “national 24-hour task force dedicated to solving the world’s technology challenges,” was also present at the event.

Curtis Hoover, 6, said seeing the fire truck at Career on Wheels day was the highlight for him. He said he “would consider being a fireman, or a wrestler, baseball or football player.”

Taylor Harrop and Natalie Acosta said they enjoyed their time with the fire department too.

Marty Hall, of Columbia radio stations 92.1 the Palm and 94.3 the Dude, like many of the other guests, encouraged students to study hard and start mapping out a career path for themselves. MES’ counselor Laura Privette said it’s important for students to start thinking about what they are interested in so they can focus on academics related to their goals.

“It’s not just about doing what your parents have done or what the community wants you to do; something like this can really open student’s minds,” Privette said.

She said helping students start thinking about a career is a part of the counseling standards, in addition to addressing social/emotional and academic issues. Events like this show kids that school serves a purpose, Privette said.

“We just wanted to open up their world. We didn’t just want them to read about their careers in a classroom and Career on Wheels makes it real for them,” she said. “It’s not about finding a job, but a career that they have passion for, an interest in and makes them happy. It’s finding something that you love and can make money from, but it’s really finding what you love.”



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