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Middle School Hosts Annual Career Day
by Kathy Aiello, Ed. D.
The Benjamin School
It was a much anticipated day for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders as Middle School Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Tina James welcomed the professionally attired student body assembled February 22 in the Barker Performing Arts Center for the division’s fifth annual Career Day. Palm Beach Gardens Vice Mayor Bert Premuroso performed the ceremonial swearing-in of BizTown mayor, Max Jacobs ‘19 to kickoff the 2013 program of events.
Assistant Head of School for Academics Ken Didsbury addressed the morning audience who encouraged students to begin to “identify and explore their unique talents and interests.”
Three keynote speakers also addressed the audience, including the Honorable Sheree Cunningham who challenged students to “work hard and to capitalize on opportunities” presented to them, followed by her daughter, TBS alumna Whitney Cunningham ’03, a brand strategist for The Blue Flame Agency in New York City, who invited students to “think outside the box” when exploring career options.
Finally, Dr. Thomas Matese advised students to be prepared for detours by “always having a Plan B” to combat the unforeseen obstacles.
Following the assembly, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders proceeded to their grade level assignments to put into practice specific workforce strategies students have been exploring in their classrooms since the beginning of the school year.
The sixth grade class converged into the transformed gymnasium accompanied by faculty and parent volunteers to perform their assigned business duties in a variety of Biztown storefronts, including a MacDonald’s, a bank, an animal shelter, a radio station, city hall, and a grocery store. There students implemented the strategies acquired during their advisory group classroom study of an expanded Junior Achievement BizTown curriculum. Students entered the simulated town ready to open their doors for a typical day of business.
Seventh graders proceeded to designated classrooms to partake in real-life employment interviews with a team of parent and faculty interviewers. Armed with resumes and cover letters, students engaged in the interview process with strategies studied in their English classes led by Mrs. Loretta Corey.
Corey additionally introduced the eighth grade culminating Career Day competition. Eighth graders mobilized resources acquired in their leadership classes to pitch their mock business apps designed for school use to the panel of judges assembled in the Barker Performing Arts Center.
Throughout the morning program, Career Day participants enjoyed patio receptions hosted by the Hospitality Committee. "We appreciate the time and expertise each of our guests has offered to our students and to Dr. James for coordinating such a successful Career Day,” said Head of Middle School Charles Hagy. Our students have gained practical and useful skills they can carry with them as they move forward with their career exploration.”