A program allowing young kids a peek at possible future careers was held Friday at Taylor’s Creek Elementary on May 10. Local organizations including Liberty County EMS, the Hinesville Fire Department, and Savannah Technical College brought working vehicles to the school.
T’Challa O’Bryant, the TCE professional school counselor, coordinated the Careers on Wheels program. She said she started planning the event a month or two in advance. With a committee including the school principal, librarian, herself and other staff members, they brainstormed about what companies would be good for Career on Wheels.
“It’s always been a successful alternative than the standard going into the gym and walking around to different tables,” O’Bryant said. “Kids learn really well when they get to see things, touch things, and when it’s interactive. Especially because we are spanning from kindergarten through fifth grade. So we wanted to do something that was appealing to everybody and hold their attention.”
Although some of the businesses that were initially contacted cancelled, Career on Wheels still appeared to be a hit. The participants were more than willing to share about their careers. Every adult that showed up was upbeat, warm, and passionate about their job, according to O’Bryant. Not only did they capture the children’s attention, but they might have opened their minds, she said.
Rebecca Standard from Standard Ink, said, “I think that it is important, you never know what little thing might spark an interest for them lifelong.”