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AES students gain glimpse of real world during Career Day

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  • By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
More than 200 Andersen Elementary School students gained insight into potential future careers during the AES Career Day held May 28 here.

Nearly 30 volunteers from various fields mentored youth in kindergarten through fifth grade, explaining the ins and outs of their day-to-day routines.

"Our goal for career day was to expose our students to the world of work," said Cynthia Jones, a counselor at AES. "We wanted to give them some ideas of what careers will be available to them."

School counselors split the day into two sessions. Students in kindergarten through second grade went to the 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. session, while students in third through fifth grade participated in the noon to 2 p.m. session.

The counselors allotted each presenter 20 minutes to give an in-depth breakdown of their job to the students.

"Career Day is a good opportunity for the community to offer support to the school and for our students to meet people outside of the military," Mrs. Jones said.

For the presenters, Career Day served as an opening to help mold and shape the minds of today's youth.

"I appreciate doing public outreach and teaching kids about weather, the responsibility of the weather service and what we do for the public," said Brandon Aydlett, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "I enjoy these opportunities to interest kids in science."