By Hillary S. Meeks

Killeen Daily Herald

"What are you going to be when you grow up?"

It's a question children are often asked; usual answers are policeman, fireman or teacher. Friday, Clifton Park Elementary School put a few more answers in its students' heads during its annual Career Day.

Filling the grounds near the school were helicopters, a dairy truck, a cherry picker, construction equipment and demonstrations from professions of all kinds. Of course, police officers, firefighters and teachers were on hand for the event, too.

"This lets the kids see their options and where they can take their ambitions," said Tora Haws, coordinator of the event and a physical education teacher at Clifton Park.

It was also a way to give the students some relaxation time from their studies after completing the last of their Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test Thursday.

"This year, we did it the day after TAKS as a relief to teachers and kids," Haws said.

Teachers and kids weren't the only ones having fun; parents tagged along for the excitement, and the presenters themselves were obviously having a good time.

"It's funny how much fun these guys have," parent Anna Cox said, with a laugh.

Some of the more unusual presenters of the day included Keith Hughes, who made balloon animals, and Wendy Faulkner, who works for Skydive Temple. Haws said she uses "whatever I got" to bring people out to Career Day, and this year she must have had a lot.

"So far, this looks like the best one they've had. They do a really good job of having an overview of occupations and careers," said Paul Seldon, who works for Killeen's street department.

Cox said the best part about Career Day is that all the jobs represented are held by people who live in the area.

"I think it's awesome they get to see the different opportunities right here in Killeen," she said. "Clifton Park has always done a phenomenal job. After this, we'll hear, I want to be this, I want to be a fireman.'"

Contact Hillary S. Meeks at or call (254) 501-7464

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