by Lisa Tome
The chickens came home to roost.
Well, actually, they just came for a visit for career day.
A year ago, kindergarten students at Calvert Elementary raised the chickens as part of the Maryland Extension Embryology project. A local farmer, Bea Johnson, adopted the chickens at that time. She then brought two fully grown chickens back to visit for career day last Wednesday. She also bought a batch of bunnies and their mother for the children to pet and hold.
The career day brought a range of careers to the Calvert students. Guidance Counselor Diane Little organizes the event. She recruits speakers beginning in the fall when parents come to an open house.
"We do it every other year. We want to keep it creative and get kids excited. This year was different, with most everyone, I organized it with emails going back and forth," said Little. She said in prior years, career day planning took many phone calls to organize.
"About 70 percent of the speakers are parents of Calvert students," said Little.
Flight engineer Stephen Watkins brought along props and photos for his presentation. He also brought the thick manuals he had to master and told the students the importance of education and reading.
Medic Harold Hathaway showed equipment he uses at his job.
He also told the children how important it is to wear seat belts.
"We wanted to be here to give these kids the idea that we have a cool job and are here to help them," said Paramedic Dave Barr.
The presenters at career day included: Sara Wagner with therapeutic massage, Sgt. Todd Creek police officer, nurses Hannah Kennedy and Larra Okoniewski, fraud investigator Alan Haupt, business developer Clark Dutterer, accountant Jamey Mullin, Army design engineer Ed Blocklage, police officer Jamie Pruett, librarian Jennifer Carter, medical technologist Tracy Kingsbury, paramedics Dave Barr and Harold Hathaway, engineer Cindy Learn, police officer Sgt. Michael Schleper, flight engineer Stephen Watkins, sign language interpreter Melodie Brown-Whalen, research scientist Stephanie Kellum, Amtrak mechanic Erich Strause, farmer Bea Johnson, project manager Scott Dauphinais, Kelly Heaton dance instructor, nurse Christina Thompson, florist Dave Shortall, banker Megan Breneman, environmental planner Bryan Lightner, dental hygienist Deb Neely, and police officer Stephen Yates.