Williams/Ledger Elementary School students explored an interactive display of area professions Tuesday at the school’s Career Day.

Wielding a wide array of prepared questions, groups of students cycled through two gymnasium rooms with dozens of information booths representing different occupations.

“We have over 30 different businesses and organizations here,” said school counselor Andrea Porter. “I believe it’s important to have that partnership between businesses and schools.”

Porter and Jennifer Adams, another school counselor, were responsible for organizing the activities.

“These people are all volunteering their time to be here,” Adams said.

The Copperas Cove police and fire departments, Metroplex Health System, Central Texas College, Vista College and Mayborn Planetarium were among the organizations represented.

“It’s important to start giving these kids the opportunity to explore careers at a young age,” said Elizabeth Colon, a volunteer from the Central Texas College nursing department. “If you start them young, they can start preparing young.”

The school’s assistant principal, Daniel Dodson, also stressed the value of early preparation.

“Career Day provides a chance for our students to see how education can lead to exciting opportunities,” Dodson said. “The community members present inspire our children to put forth the effort to succeed in the classroom.”

Career Day was an opportunity for learning, but also for fun.

“I brought stethoscopes, syringes and these little microbe-shaped dolls for the kids to play with,” said Dr. Karen Harrison, a local physician and Copperas Cove Independent School District board member who volunteered her time.

“It’s fun because I get to learn about stuff I’d like to do when I grow up,” fourth-grader Chasen Borman said.

Chasen and Hunter Baker, a second-grader, said they learned a lot from the program.

“My favorite career person was from the Army; he told me about flying helicopters” Hunter said.

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