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Elementary students get early look at career choices during fair in Florence

September 28, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Third- and fourth-grade students at Lucy T. Davis Elementary School are already learning about possible careers and colleges.

On Thursday afternoon, a career fair featured 17 company representatives from across different career clusters, according to school counselor Makesha Jackson.

Members from companies and organizations, such as Sonoco, McLeod Health, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Pee Dee Electric Cooperative came to the event.

Faith Truesdale, who works with the Clemson Extension, came to the career fair to give students some insight to all of the opportunities within the agriculture and forestry industries because together they are the No. 1 industry in the state.

“In this day and age, most kids don’t think about agriculture as a career path,” Truesdale said. “It’s very important to our livelihood.”

During the career fair, students picked three tables to ask the visitors questions about the career. The students took the information they gained from each booth to complete a writing assignment about what they learned.

Third-grader Naziyah Embry-Martin said she was excited to see how each career path works and what each person liked about their job. Naziyah dressed up as a dentist for the career fair and said she wants to be a dentist when she grows up.

Jackson said they hosted the career fair to expose students to their career options after high school and what they can start doing while in school to prepare for those careers. Jackson said she hopes the students learn now so that they can make more informed decisions on their career paths.

“As long as you understand that through hard work and discipline, you can get to wherever you want to be,” Jackson said.

Lucy T. Davis is an Avid school; Avid is a program to help close the achievement gap in schools and help prepare students for college and careers, according to literacy coach Brittany Wilson.

Wilson said the career fair is focused on getting the children exposed to different types of careers, as well as bringing community members into the school and working toward the media literacy plan.

During the career fair, community members were invited to pick a book from the media center to read for a recording for the school’s morning show and talk about why literacy is important for their career.

Wilson said this would encourage children to get involved with growing their literacy skills.

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