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UV fifth grade students learn about different jobs during career day
“If you love what you do, you’re going to do a great job.”

So said nurse Heather Miller from the Chenango County Department of Health to an audience of fifth grade students from Unadilla Valley during a recent career day. Miller detailed to a group of about 12 students the various responsibilities a nurse has, and also explained the different types of nurses.

“We protect the community and promote good health. We also alleviate suffering,” she said.
Miller was one of four local professions who talked about their jobs to the fifth grade class.
Students also heard from Chrissie Hayes, a store manager from Stewart’s Shops, Dave Dickey, a dairy farm manager from Southtown Dairy LLC, and Codie Smith, a veterinary technician from the New Berlin Veterinary Clinic.

A group of about 10 students listened intently to Dickey and asked multiple questions.
“We produce food for cows and people,” Dickey said as he showed various slides of his farming operation.

Teacher Dorenda Johnson said the kids were very excited to hear the speakers and some were even a bit surprised.

“This is great because a lot of kids who thought they could just leave school and farm realized they need an education to do it,” she said. “They learned there are many different types of farming.”

Elementary school counselor Sheri Houck organized the event in effort to show students that there is a connection between school and careers.

“This is the first time we’ve done this here, and I think it was important to bring some awareness to the students and connect education to the real world,” she said.

“Even though the students are young, they’re already determining what their interests and skills are.”

Students in grades 4-5 were also selected as student career day helpers. These students were selected by their teachers to serve as student leaders during the program. Their job was to greet the presenters when they arrived, show them to their room, and serve as time keepers during the career sessions.

The helpers were: Drew Emrich, Anthony Mckie, Blake Sarpriacone, and Brock Weidman.

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