Fourth- and fifth-graders at Colonial Village Elementary School gained a new awareness of many careers and an eagerness to explore more, during Career Day on Feb. 4.
Students, based on their career interests, were able to listen to three speakers. The speakers described their careers and information related to it (education, training, background, a typical day's work, salaries, lifestyles, career opportunities in the field, skills and school subjects needed for the job, etc.).
The presenters captured students' attention and brought their career experiences to life through hands-on activities, demonstrations and pictures. In addition to learning about careers, students also gained an awareness of the importance of school, hard work, a positive attitude, and the tools to use throughout their life to assist them in making good career choices.
"We cannot thank them enough for providing our students with this experience," said Elizabeth Antonelli, Colonial Village School counselor.
Speakers included Dr. Ann Marie Jobes, pediatrician from Wheatfield Pediatrics; JoAnne Nolan-Zelakiewicz, hair stylist and owner of All That Jazz; Carmen Presti, head trainer/handler and president of The Primate Sanctuary; Brandy Scrufari, radio announcer at Star 102.5/Entercom Buffalo; Stephen Andres, police officer/SWAT officer from the North Tonawanda Police Department; SFC Blake Bowers, U.S. Army (retired); Steven Richards, Town of Niagara supervisor and owner of Richards Motor Service; William Blake, roofer for Blue Ox Roofing; Carla Marsh, nursing home social worker at Northgate Health Care; Mark DiFilippo, athletic director for Niagara-Wheatfield School District; and Tricia Manarino, dance instructor/choreographer at Adell's School of Dance.