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Weber Career Day Inspires Students

Weber Middle School held its fourth annual Career Day on Tuesday, June 18, with over 100 invited guests speaking to the students about many different career options. The goal of the event, which has been held since 2010, is to expose the middle school students to different careers, heighten awareness of different career options, and get them excited about the future.  Career Day is also a way to get parents involved in the educational process in a different way, and to highlight all the talent in our community.

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 participated in Career Day during their first period classes.  Before the event, parent Susan Rosenberg, who runs a record label group, said, "This is my first time. I am not sure what to expect. I plan to have the students put out a record today. It’s easier to learn something by doing it. I expect that they will teach me something as well."

The speakers, who were mostly Port Washington parents and community members, included doctors, lawyers, police officers, and bankers, as well as studio artists, musicians, clergy, charter pilots, disaster recovery engineers, among many others. Among the local luminaries who gave their time to speak with the middle schoolers were Ronald DeMeo, Deputy Chief of Police for the Port Washington School District, Corey Goldstein, a local orthodontist, Ira Pernick, principal of Schreiber High School, Madeline Pugliese, a pediatrician and owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics of Port Washington, Sharon Maier-Kennelly, Executive Director of Landmark on Main Street, Chris Senior, deputy town supervisor for the Town of North Hempstead, and Andrea Day, a local news correspondent from CNBC.  Chris Avazis, founder of Arena Graphics and Arena Sports Center on Main Street, was a speaker and also provided t-shirts commemorating the event.

"This event strengthens our home-school-community partnership and helps to meet the NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies Standards (C-DOS)," said Marilyn Rodahan, Principal of Weber Middle School. "It is wonderful to see how many people joined us to make this event the most successful ever! Special thanks to all the hard work of the school counselors, their interns and all the Weber staff members who encouraged their family members to share their career pathways with our students," Rodahan said.

After the event, Barbara Fishman, guidance counselor for the Green House, commented on its success. "This was an exciting day for the kids to hear and be exposed to parents and other members of our community.  It was a lot of collaborative work on the part of everyone involved. It had a significant positive and inspiring impact on our kids," she said.