CASSADAGA - The culmination of a year-long career exploration activity took place at Cassadaga Elementary School in June. The entire student body explored a variety of jobs throughout the year by playing the "Reach for the Stars" game. Amy Raynor, guidance counselor at the school, led the year-long learning activity to help students understand how their academic skills, as well as good character traits, will lead them to make better choices for their future.
"They need to remember that for goals to come true, they need to work hard, be determined and give it their best effort," Raynor said.
Students also learned about how school subjects relate to other activities as well. Engaging in various hobbies is an important way to reduce stress and develop better self-confidence.
The career exploration project concluded as the entire school, grades pre-K through two, participated in the 14th annual Career, Health and Wellness Day at Cassadaga Elementary. Students were asked to dress in their dream job outfits for their future as they attended several sessions that gave information about various careers and hobbies. Some students came as teachers, firemen, veterinarians, ballerinas and more.
Presentations for students were provided by Deputy Jason Beichner and Drago (K-9 officer) from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, Carole Klawon (candy maker), Mark Brown (wood worker), Robert Pecuch (motorcycling enthusiast), Julie VanValkenburg (nutritionist), Garrett Torrey (septic engineer assistant), and David Emmott (plumber). Guests enjoyed a special "Reach for The Stars" luncheon provided by the school's staff.