Nolanville Elementary School students got the opportunity to try on different careers Oct. 18 during the school’s annual Career Day.

“It’s really fun getting to learn about people’s jobs,” said Isabella Palmisano, a fourth-grader. “My favorite part of the day was spending time with the Army medics and playing with all the medical stuff, like the bandages. My mom is a nurse, but I never get the chance to bandage someone up like I did today.”

The Nolanville Police Department and Central Bell County Fire and Rescue set up outside the school, giving students a tour of their vehicles and a glimpse into a day in their lives.

Inside the school, 20 soldiers from the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division — the school’s adopted unit — set up a medic station, communications and chemical equipment and showed kids how to use night vision goggles and thermal scopes.

“It’s good for the American public to see soldiers out supporting the community,” said Lt. Charlie Ybarra, 615th Aviation Support Battalion. “This gives the kids exposure to the military and they get to see a different side of what we do other than seeing us in different countries at war. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace for us and our day to day responsibilities.”

A veterinarian, a nurse, an author and a librarian joined other professionals from the community, including a prehistoric presentation by “Dinosaur George” Blasing.

“It takes 21 years of school to become a vet, but it’s worth it because I get to be a doctor for animals and I love animals and my job,” Dr. Stephanie Buntain, a veterinarian at the Belton Veterinary Clinic, told a group of second-graders.

“It’s never too early to expose them to different career paths and to help them decide early on what they want to be when they grow up so they can make better choices in school,” said Naomi McNamara, school counselor. “If they are interested in becoming a vet they may want to take more science or math classes, or if they want to be an author, more English and literature classes.”

Tying into the school’s science day during the second half of the school day, some presenters discussed the connection between their careers and science. Teachers also prepared in-class science experiments for students including experiments featuring sound, matter and electricity.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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