Brandon Rushing and Keandre Patton listen as Patrick Farmer, Fulton Kentucky News, discusses various aspects of web design during the career fair.
Careers were the focus during September at Carr Elementary and Fulton High School. To promote the importance of college and career readiness, both schools planned a variety of activities to capture the attention of the students and to steer them toward a successful career path. These activities included an Alma Mater Day, a door decoration contest, a career fair, and a career parade. FIS Principal Donna Garland said, “It is our goal to have all Fulton graduates college and career ready. This is a wonderful way to start the conversation about ACT benchmarks at all grade levels.”
Teachers in both schools donned their college gear on Alma Mater Day. The students were encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing either a college t-shirt or their bulldog attire. Teachers then created wall displays showing important information about their alma mater including the size of the school, the cost of tuition, and the programs offered.
A district wide door contest also generated interest in careers. Teachers created door displays centered around the question: “If I was not a teacher, I would be a ____.” Historical preservationists, accountants, poultry farmers, and writers are just a few of the careers chosen by Fulton educators as possible alternative careers. Students also participated through writing and art projects centered on their career choice. Student work was displayed throughout the hallways at Carr Elementary.
Angie Nanney, Community Education, arranged a career fair at Carr Elementary. Fifth and sixth grade students spent time with local professionals discussing their career paths. This experience allowed the students to ask questions concerning the education requirements and job responsibilities of a variety of different career choices.
A career assembly was held at Carr Elementary to end the month’s activities. Students were asked to come to school dressed for their career choice. Mr. Jim Martin, Jim Martin & Associates and retired TVA Economic Developer, addressed the students concerning what employers look for in potential job candidates. He stressed the importance of acquiring the necessary set of skills for a specific career and maintaining a positive attitude at all times. Mayor Elaine Forrester spoke to Carr students before officially starting the Carr Career Parade around the gym. Students paraded around the gym to music before being sorted by their career choice into one of the fourteen career clusters by Mrs. Sondra Gibbs, Assistant Principal.
Carr Elementary staff promoted college and career readiness by wearing their college gear on Almer Mater Day. Pictured: Kneeling: Katie Parr, Tanya Gilmore, Lauren Black, Jennifer Garland, Tammy Malray, Barbara Buckingham, and Alley Evans. Standing: Sherrie Mercer, Megan Sample, Cyndi Brown, Jennifer Caldwell, Monica Maddox, Elaine Barnes, and Sondra Gibbs. Back Row: Sarah Townsend, Tiea Davis, and Janel Hummel.
Fulton High School staff promoted college and career readiness by wearing their college gear on Alma Mater Day in September. Pictured: Front: Jennifer Dillon, Lori Crocker, and Mindy Rose. Middle: Johnny Gossum, Chad Malray, Scott Carlson, Eric Lipford, Brad Rozzell, and Kelly Cash. Back: Dan Dietrich, Kathy Thweatt, Tracey Grooms, Stacy Howell, Allison Butner, Geneva Storey, Tim Adams, and Melissa Martin.
Winston Stephens, Twin Cities EMS, explains the Lifepak system to fifth grade students Logan Gilliland, Kamrynne Mathias, and Marvin Noonan.
Linus Pulley and Bella Hancock chose careers within the arts and humanities career cluster during the Carr Elementary Career Parade.