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Farragut Middle Schoolers Continue the Career Day Tradition
On Tuesday afternoon, June 21, Farragut Middle School hosted its Annual Career Day for eighth graders, drawing on parent and community partners and finding meaningful, creative ways to engage students in the final week of school.
Organized by Home and Career Skills teacher Romeo Spiniello, the day connected students in the class with professionals from various industries including TV/film writing & direction, academia, urban planning, law enforcement, the law, video game special effects, web design and music. Each of the presenters are Hastings parents (other than HPD Officer Brecker, who is an alumnus).
"Career Day has been going on for 10 years and has really become an integral part of the eighth grade curriculum," said Spiniello. "It's great to see parents volunteering their time and expertise with the students."
Held at picnic tables in the courtyard that were labeled with signs that they created, students attended several workshops.
At one of the stations was Sports TV & Photographer Audrey deWys who shared the story of how she was was first introduced to a camera through her father, a professional photographer for many years.
One day, deWys asked her father how to use the camera. She was inspired by the muscle memory he had to teach her everything she now knows, even after an Alzheimers diagnosis. From that point on, deWys knew that she wanted to somehow follow in her father's footsteps.
In his latest letter to the community, Superintendent Dr. William McKersie said he "was struck by yet another example of Hastings fostering connections among and between students, parents and community members."
Below is a screenshot of the Career Day program including the purpose of the event and a list of the volunteer speakers.