Rice Elementary School hosts annual ‘Career Week’


Tyler ISD Communications

Students at Rice Elementary School recently explored a wide array of career paths during the school’s annual Career Week.

Career Week began with each classroom creating a business. Students worked together to create a concept, name, logo, product and customer base. They then designed a poster advertisement to display in the hallway.

Rice Elementary School Counselor Diana Koop said students really enjoyed creating their businesses and seeing the types of businesses other classrooms created, such as "The Baker Maker Delivery Taker," that bakes and delivers baked treats; "Frazier’s Furry Friends," a pet rescue service; and "All Star Party Planners," for planning the perfect party.

"Students had a blast dreaming up a business for their class,” Ms. Koop said.

Later in the week, students spent the morning learning about various career paths through an engaging and interactive Career Day.

Kindergarten, first and second graders enjoyed learning about animal careers such as K-9 police officers and dog handling, farriers and how they shoe horses, pet grooming, dog training, farming and more.

Third, fourth and fifth graders rotated through 14 career stations that ranged from computer programming, finance, journalism, meteorology, engineering, chiropractic medicine, restaurant management and more. Students also dressed as what they wanted to be when they grew up.  

"Career Day was phenomenal this year,” Ms. Koop said. “The 19 speakers and presenters presented their careers with a strong underlying message of, ‘Do your best, become your dream and stay in school.’ Over and over I had students tell me ‘I can be who I am and become whatever I want to be.’”

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