Veterinarians, Athletes, Doctors Parade through Black Bob Elementary
April 19, 2012 ~ Who knows what the future holds for today's students. Whether they want to become teachers or firefighters, writers or President of the United States, their dreams often begin at a young age.
Each year Black Bob Elementary School holds a career day celebration in which students dress in the attire of their future career. Counselor Cheryl Craft has organized the Career Day parade for the past 31 years as a culmination of all the students have learned about careers that school year.
"It is always fascinating to see how each child's costume is different, and knowing that what we do now directly influences their futures," she said.
Career exploration begins in kindergarten and continues throughout elementary school.
"I introduce different career areas in each grade level," Craft said. Kindergarten through third-grade students learn about caring for and training animals, the automobile industry, construction jobs, being an astronaut and the various jobs associated with those career areas. The primary grades also play charades to guess different careers.
Fourth- and fifth-graders often hear a guest speaker from the community who shares experiences from his or her career. Last year, Craft's son talked about his career as an attorney.
"He told the students that he had something in common with them: they all had Mrs. Craft as their counselor in fifth grade," she joked. "He really enjoyed sharing with the children since he first heard about being an attorney when a lawyer spoke to his class in fifth grade."
Another career-related activity for third- and fifth-graders is to explore their natural gifts and talents and how those might lead to certain careers.
|A writer, holding her “story in progress,” is joined by a future veterinarian.|
|Physical education teacher Rick Greenlee is proud to see there’s another P.E. teacher in training at Black Bob Elementary.|
|Recruiters for the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball team couldn’t miss these future prospects in the crowd.|
Photography, farming and modeling endeavors were some of the students’ future plans.
From the military to professional sports teams, Black Bob students represented a wide range of potential careers.
Photos by Marlene Colgan