by Lisa Tome
Every child who attended Holly Hall Elementary School's career day last week, didn't officially complete the event until they had blown Glenn Caldwell's horn.
Caldwell, a tractor trailer driver who works for Tipton from Oxford, Pa., was one of the volunteers who brought their vehicle to the school last Wednesday to share the world of work with the kindergarten, first, and second graders. Caldwell invited the children to tour the tractor portion of his tractor/trailer. On their way out of the truck, they got to blow the horn.
Caldwell's daughter, Melissa stood nearby and handed out pencils to each child. She said the students were impressed that her father's truck has a bed in the sleeper cab.
Nearby, Maryland State Police Corporal Tyler Allaband and his K-9 showed off Allaband's cruiser which is equipped to provide the dog with optimum comfort and safety while Allaband is on patrol.
Holly Hall guidance counselor Amy Cook organized the event. "The community has been amazing. This is for our careers unit. The children are learning what vehicles and tools people use in their jobs. This gets them hands on exploring. This gets them interested in the world of work," said Cook.
Singerly Fire Company volunteers showed off an ambulance and fire engine. Fire company member Shawn Anderson taught lessons about the fire service and children were allowed to try on fire gear. Anderson said going into the schools is a recruiting tool. He hopes students from the career event will become future firefighters. "We help them look into it and we hope as many as possible join," said Anderson.
The Army Corps of Engineers out of Chesapeake City also brought three pieces of heavy equipment.
Elkton Public Works showed students how they clear sewers. A North East police officer showed off his cruiser and showed students how fingerprints are taken. A pet groomer also demonstrated their mobile service for animals.
Older students at Holly Hall will have a separate career day featuring guest speakers on May 25.