Today my kiddos learned about what it would take to be a small business owner, to work in a credit union, to own a catering business, that there are great opportunities in many varied careers at Allegiance, that the most-stolen item at Allegiance Hospital is candles from the gift shop, that steel costs about a dollar per pound, and, most importantly, the more education you get, the more likely you are to make money in our job! They also learned that being a small business owner has its own risks and sometimes pays less than you might think!
All this information came straight from the sources, too, from people who were at their jobs, dressed for their jobs, doing their jobs.
Our first stop was Baker Builders, Inc., run by Mr. Aaron Baker. He and his crew talked to the kids about being a small business and let them practice their hammering and drilling skills! They loved the orange flashlights Mr. Baker gave each of them!
|Addie taking her turn at the drill.|
|Emma practicing her pounding!|
|Keeley and Merritt,|
with Taylor looking on.
|Nevaeh is definitely our drill champ!|
|Jonathan getting some |
support from Hunter and Bailey!
|A very focused Cole.|
|Michael working on the drill with |
buddies waiting their turn!
|Taylor doesn't look too|
sure of herself on this!
|Danielle smiling at her success!|
Our next stop, at CP Federal Credit Union, gave the kids an opportunity to learn the difference between debit and credit cards, along with a host of other financial topics. Seeing a bank vault and asking how many transactions the tellers make in one day, the kids were all hands-on. The color-change pencils were a big hit, too!
|Watching what a teller does in the drive-through.|
|Mr. Crist telling our students about CP Federal Credit Union|
Then we were off to lunch at Gene Davis and Sons Banquet Center, where the kids enjoyed a taco/nacho lunch. They were able to interview Nick Davis, one of the sons, and get valuable information on running a catering and restaurant business!
Our next stop was Allegiance Health, which is Jackson's largest employer! The kids were able to hear from a nurse, a pharmacist, a food service manager, and a security guard, along with the volunteer coordinator of the hospital, who was our contact. They were fascinated with variety of careers available in a hospital! Upon our departure, Mrs. Sayles gave each of the kids (and parents and teachers) a stress ball, which was appreciated by all! :)
|Allegiance Health - A nurse talking about what made him |
decide on his career. Cool stuff!
|A pharmacist at Allegiance Health |
talking about her job and education.
|The Food Service Manager, who buys $60,000 of groceries each week!!!|
|Alro Industrial's Mr. Martoia, who wonderfully explained the|
process of manufacturing and distribution to our kids!
We truly appreciate the time and energy each of these businesses put in to make this trip a success!!! What a fantastic day!!!