by Lisa Tome
Want to capture the attention of everyone in the room?
Bring a snake to career day.
Those from North Bay were among the nearly 50 presenters at the annual Bay View Elementary School Career Day. North Bay staffer Salena Garber brought along the snake, which was touched by students if they wanted.
The dogs were also popular with students. Staff from an area veterinary clinic brought along two dogs. The first lesson students were taught is to ask permission before approaching strange pets.
And it wasn't just the animals that got the attention of the children. There were also engineers, cosmetologists, scientists, a forklift operator, soldiers, lawyers, police officers and more.
Guidance counselor Christie Edelson spends about three months planning and organizing the career day.
Edelson said her goal is to balance parent presenters with those from the community. "About half or our presenters are parents (from within the school)," said Edelson.
She said another goal is to expose students to a wide variety of careers, hopefully with hands on learning. She also said that she asked presenters to encourage children to stay in school and get the education they need to pursue the careers.
Bay View principal Jenni Hammer attended her first career day at Bay View. She has been in meetings during past events. She was enthused.
"This gives the students a glimpse of their future. It captures their interest and capitalizes on that. It also allows them to interact with people from the community," said Hammer.