Community Partners Help Independence Elementary Celebrate Character and Career Day
This year, Independence put a new twist on its character education program and 32 community partners volunteered to help.
“We decided to incorporate character, career and community,” said School Counselor Kelly Carstens. “We want our students to begin to make connections to their future and understand why building character is important.”
Character and Career Day was the culmination to the school’s career/character education program (themed “Be All That You Can Be”) that was presented throughout the year on the morning announcements and during whole school guidance opportunities.
The all-day event included a wide range of activities to provide career awareness and motivation for educational goals.
During Character and Career Day, students took a career assessment, participated in activities to learn about different career clusters, and watched a movie called Start to Finish on three giant screens. But the highlight of the day was hearing from presenters representing 32 different occupations -- ranging from a dentist and an engineer to a business owner and an author.
Carstens, along with Butler Tech’s Career Advisor Leah Brandenburg planned the career/character program, with support of the Independence Character Team. Each month students learned about a different character trait and occupations in which that trait is very important. A bulletin board at the school tracked the yearlong program.
“At Independence, we want to grow strong intellectual, social, emotional and ethical young people who are committed to being responsible, caring and contributing citizens," said Carstens. “We want this program of integrated character and career to support and challenge our students to strive for excellence.”
Photos: Students take a career assessment (top) and work with a speech and language pathologist on what her job entails (right) -- all part of Character and Career Day at Independence Elementary.