When Career Day took place on May 11 at Dr. E. L. Whigham Elementary School in Cutler Bay, a number of local people helped out by speaking to the students, and one came to the rescue to fill a gap.
“We had no speakers to speak to the second grade and Mr. Hugh Jackson, a 25-year Cutler Bay resident and U.S. Customs Officer stepped in and spoke to six classes,” said second grade teacher Marilyn Horne.
Maria Seguinot, a school counselor, explained the importance of the program and its impact on the youngsters beyond the one day event.
“Students who are exposed to a variety of college and vocational occupations are better able to decide their future career paths,” Seguinot said. “The speakers that represented careers in accounting, law enforcement and archery coaching spoke to the students about their wages, education and training.”
In addition to Jackson, Cutler Bay resident and Police Officer Christopher Martinez spoke to the older students and even let them try on some of the gear used in his job. Christian Go, a banker, used a piggy bank to stress the importance of saving money. John Amador told them how math skills contribute to the daily operation of a crane.
“Career day is very special because residents step outside of their regular life and come to our school and promote college and careers,” Horne said. “The speakers have a true dedication to the children in our community. It’s a lot of hard work and I appreciate the school administration and our great counselor for being able to put this on.”