As part of College and Career Week at Polk County Middle School, eighth graders get to participate in the annual Career Day. This year, 25 colleges and local community members represented a variety of educational career information for students.

Each year, the Career Day presenters make learning fun by providing hands-on activities. Students were able to learn about the farm at the high school from high school students involved in FFA, hold puppies at the Humane Society table, spin a wheel for a prize at the Hometrust Bank table, identify scat at the N.C. Wildlife Commission table, try on handcuffs from the Polk County Sherrif’s department, get their photo taken from the Tryon Daily Bulletin or test their strength from Dr. Barro’s Chiropractic, just to name a few.

Other presenters included Polk County Schools, Polk County EMS, Division of Public Health, NC Forest Service, Polk County Early College, Blue Ridge Community College, Columbus Fire Department, Polk County Schools Technology, Registered Nurse, WNCW, Pastor, Automotive Technology Instructor, Steps to Hope, St. Luke’s Hospital, Polk County Extension Office, Bright’s Creek Equestrian Center and Dusenbury Insurance Agency.

Students were given a bingo card and had to interact with career day presenters to earn a stamp. Once they completed this, they were entered for a variety of door prizes.

PCMS is always looking for more educational and interactive career opportunities for Career Day. If you have a career that you would be interested in sharing with middle school students, please email or call one of the school counselors at 894-2215.