Warm Springs Elementary held its inaugural career day on Monday, Nov. 1, to inspire the students’ curiousness about various career opportunities and excite them about their futures.

For Principal Houn Hibb, holding the event was about giving the students a chance to learn through hands-on experiences and activities, something that has been limited since the coronavirus pandemic.

Campus Counselor Reshawn Hooker led the effort, organizing teachers, substitute teachers and guest speakers in creating display tables spread across the outdoor playground, each featuring a different career field.

Due to coronavirus safety protocols, the school was limited in its ability to invite off-campus professionals to the school, but local first responders helped excite the students with tours of patrol vehicles and a helicopter ambulance. As part of coronavirus protocols, all guests to the campus had to pass a health screening before participating in the career fair.

The arrival of the helicopter and its landing in the school’s sports field got the event off to an exciting start.

“This is about exposing our kids to different things they don’t get to see much,” said Hooker. “They don’t experience much beyond San Bernardino and what their own parents do for work.”

“Our hope is to expose our kids to new things, getting them to ask questions and wanting to learn more about these careers,” Hooker added.

Highland Chief of Police Capt. Casey Jiles and Lt. Matt Yost welcomed the students to speak with several deputies and tour their patrol cars.

The air ambulance came from Orange County’s CHOC Children’s Hospital, complete with a crew including Pilot Kevin Barber, Respiratory Therapist Christy Bode, Respiratory Therapist Tari Dedick and Registered Nurse Monica Aguirre.

“This is a neat opportunity. It’s rare that we’re able to land at a school,” said Bode. “It’s fantastic that we can share this side of this career. We usually bring an ambulance. This is the first time we’ve flown to a school.”

“We want the kids to walk away with an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” said Hibb. “Some of our kids come from difficult situations. That doesn’t mean we don’t have hope. We want to create hope and learning with experiences like these.”

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morrissel311

Good article :) thanks for sharing.

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