Junaluska Elementary School (JES) students had an exciting Career Day Nov. 8.

JVE guidance counselor, Joy Sollie created this event with help from community members to show students different career opportunities and what the jobs entail. Students in kindergarten and first grade had a ‘Vehicle Career Day.’ Employees from Haywood EMS, Waynesville Fire Department, Haywood EMC, UPS, USPS, NCDOT, and South Eastern Freight were there with their trucks.

Students were able to ask questions about each different truck and what the employees do each day. They were also allowed to go inside several of the vehicles.

Students in second — fifth grade had visitors from the community describe their job and what they do each day.

Students voted, prior to Career Day, on some of the jobs/careers they would like to see. From the U.S. Army to a veterinarian, students were able to learn many things about different careers here in our own community and beyond.

Teachers posted signs outside of their doors that stated where they attended colleges. Students learned about setting goals and even took career tests to make their skills and interests with possible future careers. Then the students researched more about the careers they were matched with.

Second and third-graders were able to hear presentations from the following speakers: Dr. Brian Birthright (veterinarian); Great Beginnings; Blake Francis (farmer); Dr. Karin McLelland (pediatrician); U.S. Army National Guard; Dr. Eric Yarrington (physical therapist); detectives from HCSD; and Erik Perkins (contractor).

Fourth and fifth grades were able to hear presentations from: Pat Bradshaw (engineer); Brad Dodson (artist); Amanda Belue (interior decorator); Dr. Morgan Plemmons (veterinarian); Zeb Smathers (mayor); and Anthony Tiller (athlete).

The JVE staff is grateful to the JES PTA for providing “goodie bags” for the career day guests and First United Methodist Church of Waynesville for providing lunch.

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