St. Paul students check out careers at businesses
By MARY ANN GREIER
and St. Paul School students
SALEM — Fourth, fifth and sixth graders from St. Paul School left their classrooms Monday and visited various businesses, learning about writing news stories, acting, caring for the wounded and designing choppers for recycling metal.
Known as the Mini Courses, the educational trips gave students a chance to learn about different careers in the Salem community.
Some of the destinations included The Salem News, Salem Regional Medical Center, Butech Bliss, Salem Community Theatre, Your Best Self and the St. Paul School kitchen to make pepperoni rolls. On Friday, they’ll travel to New Castle School of Trades to learn about different vocations such as welding, truck driving, heating and cooling, electrical, vehicle mechanics and heavy equipment operations.
“It’s another way to do the learning experience outside of the classroom, something St. Paul School has done forever. The focus is on the students,” Principal David Pancurak said.
Fifth grader Laura Hovorka said she learned how to give sales and how people had engineering and animation careers . She said they got to to walk around the Blutech plant and “it was facinating.”
“I love acting now and I want to get a job when I grow up. I don’t want to be a manager or anything. I want to be an actor because I have funny jokes,” fourth grader Parker Saunders said.
Saunders visited the Salem Community Theatre for a mini course. Journey Jenkins, a sixth grader, also liked the theatre mini course.
“My favorite thing is the theatre. I learned how to work the lights,” Jenkins said.
Three groups of 27 students total participated in the mini course program. Pancurak said the mini courses show the students different jobs and what’s available out there for a career path, opportunities that kids would not experience normally.
“When they go to the farm, some kids would have never seen a cow or milked a cow,” he said.
Last year students visited a local farm and the Salem Community Center and some other businesses. They try to change the destinations every year to give the students a variety of experiences, parent chaperone Julie Sell said.
Parent Katie Yakubek set up all the locations this year. Several other parents and teachers served as chaperones and drivers. Students even walked to a couple of locations. Pancurak was thankful for the parents taking part.
“This wouldn’t happen without the parents,” he said.