Students at Bick Primary School met a lot of interesting people Thursday afternoon. The school held its annual career day and more than 20 local employees from a wide spectrum of fields answered students’ questions and talked about the training and activities their jobs entail.
Each class was given the opportunity to vote for the jobs they were most interested in. The classes visited five different careers throughout the day.
The day began with a flag raising ceremony complete with music from the Bethel-Tate High School band and choir and the pledge of allegiance led by American Legion Post 406.
"It's a time for students to ask questions and see the careers in action," Career Day Committee Chair Lois Dennis said. "Our goal is to ensure that the students learn what skills and preparations are needed for each career."
Teachers also have follow-up activities planned for students following career day, and Dennis said the activities continue into next fall for the older students who move on to Hill Intermediate School. Hill holds a career day in the fall.
The highlight of the day for many students was a visit with the Air Evac Lifeteam and their $3 million medical transport helicopter. Students climbed up to look inside the helicopter and ask questions as the pilot and two paramedics talked about their work taking patients by air to hospitals. The Air Evac Lifeteam is based at the Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown.
Students also met other emergency and safety personnel including Bethel Police Officer David Wood and East Fork State Park Ranger Linda Romine.
The presenters came from a wide range of fields including David and Sue Church and their daughter Cameron who literally came from a field with their cow, chickens, and goats to show the students. Some of the presenters have students at Bick Elementary such as Bridget Meyer floral designer, and physician Heather Owens. The careers ranged from the technical experts Such as X-Ray technician Dawn Sodders, to the knowledgeable such as antiques dealer Jim Brown.
Dennis was very grateful for all the presenters, the American Legion, the Bethel-Tate High School band and choir and everyone who helped make the day a success.
"I am sincerely grateful for everyone who generously dedicated their time to making today a success," Dennis said.