E.C. Killin students dare to dream during career day

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Chief Warrant Officer Georgi Hernandez shows students how to use a camera and zoom lens March 29 during a career day at E.C. Killin Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Marie Lewis)
Chief Warrant Officer Georgi Hernandez shows students how to use a camera and zoom lens March 29 during a career day at E.C. Killin Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Marie Lewis)

E.C. Killin students dare to dream during career day

by: Marie Lewis | .
District News Liaison | .
published: April 06, 2013

CAMP FOSTER — Students at E.C. Killin Elementary School explored a wide variety of career fields March 29 during the school’s career day.

More than 40 active-duty and civilian volunteers presented main aspects of their professions to students throughout the day. Students rotated from one classroom to another, learning about a range of possibilities for their futures — everything from orthopedic surgery and photography to accounting and emergency services.

“It was really cool to talk to the guys in uniform,” said 10-year-old Aden Leggio, a 4th-grade student. “My favorite parts were the military special reaction team and the guys who brought out the robots (that) help detect bombs.”

Aden wants to become a computer engineer when he grows up, but he enjoyed imagining himself in other occupations as well.

Even in first or second grade, “It is never too early to prepare students in the area of career education,” said Reynaldo Toquero, principal of E.C. KillinElementary School. “Career day allows students to remain open to new career ideas and possibilities, promoting self, family, school, community and work awareness, all while cultivating decision-making strategies and self-worth.”

The day was not only an exceptional learning opportunity for the students; it was equally rewarding for the volunteers.

“It was absolutely heartwarming and satisfying to talk about my job to so many bright, eager young faces,” said Capt. Paul L. Croom II, an aviation intelligence officer with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “At the primary school level, children’s minds still challenge the improbable and dream of conquering the impossible. Providing them exposure to even a slice of the variety of vocations available is a priceless opportunity.”

The wide range of careers represented was a refreshing reminder that military family life is as diverse as the people living it.

“Seeing such a wide array of careers was a great reminder that the world truly is these children’s oyster,” Croom said.

Organizers Ayfer Zermeno and Tina Lisk felt the team efforts of both the school staff and the volunteers were integral to the planning and execution of the day’s activities.

“We had great support and help from our staff that made this event such a big success,” said Zermeno.