School Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the event was the idea of a fourth-grader last year who wrote to Moore suggesting it would be a good idea for fifth graders to participate in a career day to begin learning about career options and what skills and education levels were needed for each.
The student, Andres Reyes, chaired a steering committee convened by Moore which was comprised of a fifth-grade boy and girl from each elementary school. The students represented the 484 fifth graders in the district.
Moore said the students planned the event, named the careers they were interested in learning more about, and agreed that each school would prepare career collages as part of their studies in the classroom.
The committee members also designed a tee-shirt which each of the fifth-graders in the district wore to the event. The shirt slogan said: "Fifth Grade, the Future" on the front... and "The future is near..." with a Charlie Wildcat wearing a graduation cap and leaning on the words "Wildcats 2019" on the back.
Career presenters included the Southern Area Health Education Center... DeLaney and Hernandez, Attorneys at Law... High Desert Veterinary Clinic... Deming Police Department... McReynolds Family Chiropractic... Deming Fire Department... Rick Holdridge with the New Mexico Space Port Authority... Mark Vasconcellos, Move Production... and Mary Anderson and the Skills U-S-A students.