Two future police officers

Two students from Hitchcock Primary School dress up as police officers during the school’s annual career day event.

“What do you want to be when you grow up,” is a common question students’ are asked when they are younger. Most students respond by saying a police officer or firefighter. It is our job, as educators and adults in the community, to expose students to what the world has to offer. The motto at Hitchcock Primary School is, “We are the primary priority.”

One way we make that motto a reality is exposing students to the many possibilities and careers they can do when they grow up. This exposure helps students set goals and create dreams of what their future holds. By letting children know that the sky is the limit, we can encourage them to reach their full potential.

This past month, Hitchcock Primary School hosted their annual career day event. Professionals from all over Galveston County came to Hitchcock Primary School to show students what they do and how they become or get involved in their career. Each individual talked to groups of students about their job and what a person must do to gain employment in their perspective career.

Students participated in presentations with hands on experiences from various occupations. Some of the highlighted sponsors were A Pawsitive Approach Dog Training, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Moody Gardens, Highland Creek Camp, College of the Mainland, Alpha Search and Rescue, Galveston County Health District EMS, Moon Dog Farms, Texas First Bank, Galveston County Sheriff’s Department, Hitchcock Public Library, Hitchcock Fire Department, Galveston Island Beach Patrol, University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Houston Clear Lake, and many more!

The following day, students dressed up in attire that represented what they want to be when they grow up. We had future doctors, lawyers, firefighters, police officers, teachers, librarians, EMS workers, dog trainers, bankers, cosmologists, and so much more. We even had one or two super heroes! Students spent the day reading and writing about why they picked the career they chose. Students dreamed about what life will be like when they fulfill their dreams and aspirations to one day become the future of our country!

Angela Mancini is the principal at Hitchcock Primary School.

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