DuBOIS — Second- and third-graders in all of the DuBois Area School District elementary schools participated in a non-traditional career fair Friday at Wasson Elementary. The event was called Careers on Wheels.
Careers On Wheels is an exciting version of the traditional career fair, but it differs in that participating companies bring their company vehicles to showcase and to use for their 10-minute mini-career presentations, said Stephanie Errigo, school counselor at Juniata Elementary School.
The goal is to create an engaging environment that will help to showcase careers in the community, she said.
Each classroom was assigned to the various stations. All of the students had the opportunity to visit each vehicle in their station and to learn about different local career opportunities.
The stations included: DuSan Ambulance, Bigfoot Radio Station, Paris Cleaners, WTAJ, Allegheny Contracting, Clearfield County Sheriff’s Office, Legacy Trucking, Sandy Township Police, Reynoldsville Police, Superior Equipment, Legend Powersports, and DuBois City Police.
Presenters provided a brief history of what led them to their current career or job, a description of their occupation, education and training and the importance of life-long learning, skills needed, positive and negative aspects of their careers. There was also time for questions and answers from the students.
VALIER — The Perry Township Fire Department celebrated the end of Fire Prevention Week with a free children’s festival at the fire hall Saturday.
The department provided a variety of free activities in which children could participate, including fire truck rides, hayrides, bounce houses, and a pumpkin patch. This is the third year for the festival, and the firemen always hold it the weekend after the fire prevention observance.
“We try to keep this as free as possible for everybody to come out and have fun, and get the kids involved,” Assistant Chief Garrett Keith said.
To encourage the children to participate in the activities, each time they participated in one of the activities, they were given tickets which could then be taken in the fire hall and placed in baskets for a raffle. This year the prize was a Nintendo Switch.
“Just to get the kids out, get them active, learn the fire prevention, learn the trucks, the fire company… Keep them interested, because when they get to be 14 years old, we hope they join some fire company somewhere…” Keith said.
About 600 children usually participate in the festival.
One local woman, Mary Hoover, got to ride in a fire truck for the first time at the festival. She is in her late 80s and had been the secretary at Punxsutawney High School for many years. She is well-known around the community, and many of those around the festival were excited for her.
The only thing that costs any money at the event is the pumpkin patch. Keith gets the pumpkins from Yarnick’s Farms, and children can pick out a pumpkin for $5. Keith said that is just enough to cover the cost of the pumpkin itself.
Punxsy Pizza and Emma’s Catering help provide some of the food at a campfire that is kept burning all day to cook hot dogs and mountain pies.
REYNOLDSVILLE — As winter approaches, staff members at Jeff Tech (Jefferson County Vocational Technical School) are reminding students of the free clothing closet available to them.
Denise McGarvey, a DuBois Area School District employee employed as a learning support staff member at Jeff Tech, said she and Kim Engle both do the sorting and sizing for the closet, which has been available for about four years.
The closet has everything from sweatshirts and shoes to men’s suits for job interviews, McGarvey said, and jewelry, pajamas and blankets. A separate closet in the same computer lab houses jackets and even prom dresses for Jeff Tech’s winter formal.
At Christmas, staff members host a holiday banquet, in connection with which all of the clothing closet items are hung in the computer lab for families to look through, McGarvey says.
The effort was started when Jeff Tech staff members noticed a need throughout the school, McGarvey said.
The clothing closet can serve for other purposes, too, such as when a student might get greasy in auto-shop class and need something to change into, McGarvey said.
The clothing closet receives mostly in-house donations, McGarvey says, and requests gently-used and age-appropriate items. Adrienne and Trisha Beimel recently donated more than 50 pairs of LuLaRoe leggings to the closet as well.
When students are in need of an item, they can let their teacher or nurse know, McGarvey says. Bags of items can be kept in a discrete place until the end of the school day.
Community donations are also welcome. Some of the closet’s current needs are plus-size items.
McGarvey says support from Jeff Tech administrators and teachers and the community has been overwhelming.
“Thank you for all of your donations,” she said. “The kids are grateful.”