Students chosen to job shadow Board, Superintendent

Students chosen to job shadow Board, Superintendent

As part of Charles County Public Schools Job Shadow Day activities, eight fifth-grade students were selected to shadow members of the Board of Education of Charles County, as well as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill, during the Board’s Feb. 11 meeting. Students were randomly assigned to each Board member and the Superintendent and experienced the meeting firsthand by sitting next to their assigned member in the Board room.

During the meeting, students introduced themselves and had opportunities to ask questions and participate. The goal of their participation was to learn about the functions of the Board of Education and learn about the link between schoolwork and the world of work. Job Shadow experiences also allow for students to explore careers and employment prospects.

The following students were selected by their schools to participate:

  • Olivia Boyce, Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
  • Alesia Coleman, J.C. Parks Elementary School;
  • Jordan Kabala, Matula;
  • Yachi Madaan, J.P. Ryon Elementary School;
  • Alyssa Norris, Ryon;
  • Lennard Proctor, Ryon;
  • David Strong, Matula; and
  • Benjamin Winfield, Parks.

The students shadowed Board members from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and were recognized for their participation. This is the third year that the Board of Education’s student shadow opportunity has been extended to county elementary schools. Each year, students from all grade levels participate in job shadowing activities, both in the community and at school.

Job Shadow Day meets the objectives for one of the school system’s three focus areas – career readiness. While the activity is associated with Groundhog Day, students participate in shadowing experiences throughout the month of February. In recent years, more than 3,000 to 6,000 Charles County Public Schools students have participated in Job Shadow Day activities. Schools coordinate a variety of Job Shadow activities for students, ranging from hosting guest speakers and coordinating career fairs to working with community partners to build school to career partnerships. Students also participate in on-the-job experiences ranging in professions from retail, the medical field and government agencies to clerical work and vocational-based opportunities.

The Boston Private Industry Council first started groundhog Job Shadow Day in 1996 as part of its School-to-Work effort. In 1998, a coalition including Gen. Colin Powell’s America’s Promise was formed to encourage national participation. Charles County Public Schools joined the effort in 1999 and has participated annually.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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