Experts Dole Out Career Advice in Amityville

Experts Dole Out Career Advice in Amityville photo

Nearly three dozen professionals visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on Nov. 2 to share their words of wisdom. The guest speakers visited fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes for Career Day to inspire children to do well in school so they can achieve their dreams.

Among the guests were a Broadway producer, state assemblywoman, karate instructor, radio DJ and Amityville police officers and firefighters. Others represented the financial industry, the medical field and the United States military. Several speakers discussed their journeys in starting their own businesses.

There were numerous interactive presentations. Risa Stein, director of the science and technology program at Farmingdale State College, led students in a STEAM-activity. Sixth-graders worked in groups to build wind-powered cars using a piece of paper, two straws, four Life Savers, paper clips and tape. Local entrepreneur Denise Totter of Mama T’s Herbaceous Teas led students in a beverage tasting. 

The school partnered with the Amityville Chamber of Commerce and Amityville Parent-Teacher Council to bring in presenters, who spoke about their job responsibilities and the necessary qualifications.

Guidance counselor Kimberly Balducci said that this is the culminating event in College and Career Week. The purpose is to inspire students to start thinking about their futures so they can take the necessary steps in elementary, middle and high schools to achieve success and attain their career goals.