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On a roll! MES hosts ‘Careers on Wheels’ fair

Posted: April 11, 2014 2:40 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Fourth grader Shanika Brittingham pets a dog brought to MES by Kershaw County Animal Control.

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Midway Elementary School (MES) students had the unique opportunity Wednesday to learn about various career opportunities that incorporate automobiles within their local community at a “Careers on Wheels” fair. MES Guidance Counselor Laura Privette organized the fair in an effort to teach students about local, viable career options.

Privette said she contacted volunteers from the following agencies to be present at the fair:

• Cassatt Water Company;

• Kershaw County Animal Control;

• City of Camden Public Works;

• KershawHealth;

• American Red Cross;

• Jim Smith (local farmer);

• Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office; and

• Cassatt Fire Department.

Volunteers brought their respective vehicles and equipment for display and set up in a grassy lot adjacent to the school. There, students moved in groups to each display and hear an explanation about what those careers involve and what kind of activities they should take part in while in school to help them prepare for these jobs.

“Career education is a part of what I do as a guidance counselor,” Privette said.

She said MES students also utilize S.C. Career Information System Climb, an online program used in elementary schools throughout the state to help students explore career options. The program helps direct students towards focusing on the specific skills they need to develop in an effort to gain the career they want.

Privette expressed her sincere appreciation for all the volunteers that took part in the fair.

“They are wonderful people,” she said. “They’re taking a day from work to come out here and share what they do with these kids.”

Although Wednesday marked MES’ second year hosting the “Careers on Wheels” fair, Privette said this year’s fair presented different career options than those from last year.

“I want the students to make a relevant connection between academics and their future,” Privette said. “It helps them understand why school is so important and broadens their world and their experiences.”

MES fourth grade teacher Renee Prichard voiced her support for events like this.

“This fair opens up opportunities for the kids and lets them see what’s available as far as a career,” Prichard said. “It’s absolutely relevant because (these) are jobs the students can get when they finish school, right here in this community.”


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