Helena Intermediate hosts Career Day
Published 6:02 pm Friday, January 22, 2016
By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer
HELENA–Mrs. Jarrell’s classroom was turned into a makeshift kitchen on Friday, Jan. 22 as Helena Intermediate School students took turns spreading dough, thinning it and more all while donning chefs’ hats.
This was one of the scenes at HIS, as numerous classrooms were filled with a variety of guests and speakers for Career Day.
Students learned about a number of different careers, as speakers presented examples of some things they might do on a day-to-day basis.
A few of the popular career day guests included U.S. 280 Hilton Executive Chef Joseph Sciarrotta, Alabama Power Lineman Matt Williams and two FBI Special Agents.
Two FBI special agents discussed the nature of their jobs, brought a number of different tools they use such as a protective vest, a megaphone and also demonstrated how wearing a wire worked.
The agents also reiterated to students the importance of not giving out information to strangers online.
Third grader Conrad Yost said his favorite part of Career Day was the FBI agents.
“This class was my favorite,” said Yost. “I liked the part where we had to try and find a face in the picture.”
Another favorite among students was seeing how Chef Sciarrotta prepared some of his Italian meals that would normally be seen at the Hilton on U.S. 280.
Sciarrotta had students help him shape dough for different dishes like lasagna, fettuccini, ravioli and more.
Speakers discussed things they loved about their jobs while also explaining to students some of the negatives, as Williams did with his career as a lineman.
“The Lord blessed me to have the ability to work outdoors,” said Williams. “But at the same time, I spend a lot of time away from my home and family. I will work a lot of overtime hours but I know that if my power goes out with my family, I would like for somebody to help get it turned back on as quickly as possible.”
Williams told students they should not just think about money and what they might earn, but also things such as their working environment, the required hours for the job and more.