Several local professionals from a variety of fields visited Glasscock Elementary recently for Career Day. Over 500 students from all grades participated as guests shared information and answered questions from students during the all-day event.
“The kids have been fabulous -- on their best behavior,” GES teacher Angela Burke said. Burke and other teachers helped organize the day’s events. “The students have been excellent. They’re very enthusiastic about the careers.”
During the morning session, preschool through third-graders met with representatives from the fire department, EMT, department of transportation, city government, and police. In the afternoon, fourth and fifth-graders spoke with a local attorney, employees from Inter-County Energy, a civil engineer, an artist, and Area Technology Center principal Christina McRay.
The guests gave an overview of their careers along with information about education requirements, salaries, as well as fielding questions from the students.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity -- I love how the faculty and students have pulled together,” Burke added. “There’s a student who’s meeting with a lawyer right. That’s what he wants to be when he grows up and he’s asking perfect questions.”
MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser also had high praise for the event, pointing out its connection to the district’s Portrait-of-a-Graduate.
“These are exactly the types of meaningful opportunities we want to provide for our students,” Schlosser said. “When we talk about making sure our young people are Success Ready, that means making sure they’ve had experiences that shed light on what life can be like beyond their time as a student.
“Our Portrait-of-a-Graduate is about bringing to life skills and attributes that include, yet go beyond, traditional classroom learning. These students got to see first-hand how things like creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration all directly relate to a host of careers. I really want to commend the staff at Glasscock for making this happen.”