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Career Day at Middleborough Elementary School

Fourth- and fifth-graders at the school learned about a wide variety of careers, including journalism from Essex-Middle River Patch editor Ron Snyder.

recently hosted a Career Day fair for its fourth- and fifth-graders.

Attorneys, physical therapists, photographers and dancers were among the more than a dozen professionals on hand to teach students about what career options are available to them. I also had the chance to educate the students about the field of online journalism and to introduce them to Patch.com.

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(Check out the photos taken by some of the students during the event)

"We want students to know just how many options are out there for them in life," Middleborough Elementary school counselor Barbara DiBlasio said. "We try to bring unique professionals to this event because they all know about police officers, firefighters and nurses, but may not be aware of what else is available.

"It's also important that they learn that the hard work they do now helps lay the foundation for their lives after school. Our guests each year we do this show our students how important it is to develop a strong work ethic early in life."

Fifth-grader Brian Bailey said he was surprised just how many career paths are available to them.

"There's just lots more out there than I ever thought," Bailey said. "It was fun to learn about all of those careers."

Fellow fifth-grader Mia Dill said the career day was very informative and taught her how important it is to work hard in school, even in elementary school, in order to get ahead later in life.

Another classmmate, Paige Andrews shared a similar sentiment.

"We just learned that there is something out there for everybody," she said. "I wasn't even aware of all the possibilities available to us."

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