They met the mayor, a police officer, a dentist, a fitness trainer and other professionals during Hazel Avenue School's first-ever schoolwide career day.
Volunteers and parents came to the elementary school to talk about their careers and the types of duties they perform in order to be successful.
The career day experts incluced Hazel parents: Jennifer Wasky, a fitness trainer; Tony McCoy from Lime Energy; Alex DeRonde, a non-lawyer advocate; Kevin Bolen, a West Orange Police officer; and Mike Brick from the West Orange Energy Commission.
In addition, Dr. Lees, a dentist and father of PTA President Lisa Lees, talked to the students about his career as a dentist. Vincent Mazzarini of Mazzi Dogs and Susan Hoffberg, owner of Suzy Que’s, gave the students a behind the scenes look into how to run a restaurant.
The highlight of the day came when the entire 4th grade assembled into the gym to hear Mayor Robert D. Parisi. He, along with the help of three volunteer 4th graders, explained the importance of local government in running the town of West Orange.
"Interacting with the students on a such personal level is actually a great learning experience for me,” said Parisi. “They are so inquisitive and I enjoy hearing their thoughts and opinions because they are the future of our town."
After his discussion, the kids remained in the gym to hear about the different dimensions of acting and were serenaded by Erick Buckley from the Luna Stage. Keith Dent, Erica Branch-Ridley and Jennifer Rodgers, chairpersons of this event, all agreed, “This was a spectacular event and are looking forward to making it better next year.”
- Submitted by Keith Dent