Throughout the week of March 2, Polk County Middle School celebrated College and Career Week, with the PCMS school counselors holding activities for all students.

Students heard special announcements about colleges and careers, had a door decorating contest through homerooms and wore college shirts on Friday to end the week.

On March 5, eighth graders were able to attend the annual College and Career Day held in the gym at PCMS. After having to reschedule due to a snow day, presenters from all over Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina came to educate students on colleges and careers. Many presenters had interactive booths for students and it was a fun and exciting day.

Among the interactive booths:

  • Keith Rimer and Eric Morlino from Polk County High School’s construction classes offered a hammering station for students to learn how to correctly hammer a nail.
  • The Mill Spring Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff’s office and Polk County EMS brought official gear for students to try.
  • The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation had a bomb robot with which students could interact
  • BASF had automotive gear that students could observe and learn about.
  • Foothills Humane Society brought several dogs from its shelter for students to pet.
  • Peter McDonald, pastor at Midway Baptist, had a missionary with him who told stories of his travels.
  • Isothermal Community College invited students to invent a superhero name.
  • Avery Creek Nursery had herbs that students could taste while guessing the name of the herb.
  • Conserving Carolina brought animal artifacts that students could touch.

Many presenters donated door prizes for students. HomeTrust Bank had a wheel that students could spend for a prize. The bank also donated a $25 gift card as a grand prize for students participating in the day.

Dusenbury Insurance raffled off a book bag while Thermal Belt Outreach raffled off a Chromebook. St. Luke’s Hospital had students test their grip strength and balance and donated several door prizes to students who participated.

PCMS is always looking for more presenters for their annual Career Day. If you are interested in hosting a table, please contact school counselor Langlee Rogers at 828-894-2215 or lrogers@polkschools.org