Mason Elementary hosts fun-filled career day

Children often dream about becoming police officers, fire fighters, professional athletes, doctors and more. To help children begin dreaming of their futures, Mason Elementary School recently hosted Career Day. The fun-filled day featured lots of trucks to explore, art to view and even a cute dog to pet.

“Career Day was an opportunity for students to be exposed to a large variety of careers that they may not be exposed to outside of school,” said Mason Counselor and Career Day Coordinator Brooke Warren. “While we know that students will likely change their minds about their future careers as they go through school, we want our students to identify what some of their options are so they can work toward the goal of having the career of their choice.”

On the schools lawn were numerous vehicles for the children to climb on and explore including a Laurel Public Works garbage truck and dump truck, Laurel Police Department patrol car, Jones County Sheriff’s Department patrol car, Laurel Fire Department engine and UPS delivery truck. The children had the opportunity to hear from those professionals and ask questions about the jobs. The students even enjoyed sounding the sirens and horns.

A lineman from Mississippi Power brought a truck and also demonstrated the dangers of electricity through a unique diorama of several scenarios such as flying a kite near powerlines. He also discussed the important work lineman do to keep everyone connected.

In the school’s auditorium the children visited several stations including Dr. Harlon Mathews and dog Dolly from Briarwood Animal Clinic, artist Adam Trest, hygienists from Pediatric Dental Group, chef Roderick Hollins, paralegal Lizzie Hamil from Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel PLLC, professional football player Akeem Davis, Ross Tew from Essmueller, Dr. John Hassell from Laurel Family Clinic and a reporter from WDAM.

Through this experience, the school hopes that children will begin thinking about all of the career possibilities they could land in one day. With the first Career Day being a huge success, the school has plans to add more professions next year.

“The students at Mason were engaged with the presenters at Career Day, listened intently and asked many questions regarding topics such as schooling, salary, work environments, and what happens on a day-to-day basis in some of the jobs,” Warren said. “Most of our students voiced their excitement and enjoyment about their experiences and are already anticipating the event next year. It is our plan at Mason to make this an annual event for our students to learn from and enjoy.”


UPS employees Darrell McCree and Kyle Warren

Artist Adam Trest

Dr. Harlon Mathews and dog Dolly from Briarwood Animal Clinic are visited by his daughter Amanda Mathews, Mason's speech pathologist and a host of students during Career Day.

Laurel Public Works employee Stuart Breland shows off one of the city’s trucks during Mason Elementary School’s Career Day.

Local chef Rod Hollins demonstrates chopping techniques.

Dr. John Hassell from Laurel Family Clinic

Deputy Priscilla Breland from the Jones County Sheriff's Department 

NFL football player and Laurel graduate Akeem Davis discusses his top keys to success as a professional athlete with students at Mason Elementary School’s Career Day.

Mississippi Power Lineman Jimmy Douglas demonstrates the dangers of flying a kite near powerlines during Mason Elementary School’s Career Day.

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