East Point Academy students experience “careers on wheels” fair
East Point Academy held its first “careers on wheels” fair for their elementary students Friday morning.
East Point Counselor Karen Blackwell-Boyd said she wanted the students to see different careers within the community who use vehicles to complete their jobs.
The students came outside in groups, walking from one vehicle to the next. The driver of every vehicle was there to inform the children about what it is they do. Blackwell-Boyd said this event is to provide an educational experience for the students. “The drivers are gonna tell what they use their vehicles for, and how they do what they do,” she said.
There were police officers from Lexington County, West Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville, and Cayce. Batesburg-Leesville’s officer also brought the department’s canine. The Cayce Fire Department brought a truck out, along with an EMS driver who brought an ambulance.
Modern Exterminating also had a representative at the school. Blackwell-Boyd said her plan was to show the students that there are many types of jobs that involve work vehicles. “I wanted to get a variety and expose them to that,” she said. An indoor career fair also took place inside the school’s gym for the sixth to eighth grade students.
Head of School Mark Bounds spoke highly of the students, and said that East Point Academy tries to provide new and exciting ways for them to learn. According to Bounds,
East Point is a charter school with a little over 500 students. The school specializes in teaching Mandarin to the children, who range from kindergarten to eighth grade. “We are just a regular school but in addition to learning everything all the other public schools offer, our students learn Chinese as well,” he said.