MARTIN – Students at May Valley Elementary participated in the school’s annual Career Day on Wednesday. It is never too early to begin planning what career you would enjoy. Opportunities such as this allow even kindergarten students to meet professionals that may inspire and connect in a way that could motivate that student to study harder to someday achieve the goal of being a judge or whatever profession he or she chooses.
Presenters talked with students about what schooling or training was required and what academic skills they use in their jobs.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office was on hand to discuss with students the duties of their job and Major the department’s drug dog was on hand to meet the children and get a head pat.
“I am in Kindergarten and I want to be a teacher,” said Baylor Williams, May Valley Kindergarten student and daughter of Michael and Tonya Williams. “I dress like a grown up so I look like a teacher today and it was fun talking to everyone and petting the big dog. My mom use to be a teacher and I want to be just like her.”
“Coming to Career Day is a nice break from the office,” said Floyd County Court Clerk Chris Waugh. “I like children so this has been very enjoyable to me. I brought a ballot box and we held an election for which was the best ice cream vs. chicken nuggets. I haven’t counted the tally yet but I have a feeling ice cream won.”
May Valley has over 360 students enrolled and is currently number two in the state for top state testing scores. They have been in the top ten schools in the state for the past 11 years. This is proof that May Valley is doing things to make learning fun and enjoyable.
“We expect high standards from every student, no excuses,” said May Valley Elementary Principal Greta Thornberry. “If you hold students accountable and hold them at high standard, they will perform at their maximum level when otherwise they may brush it off.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.