Program allows students to try out career dreams


January 26, 2001|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVER SINCE SHE was a little girl, Laura Welch dreamed of being a teacher.

She remembers playing school hour after hour in her family's basement, an area she had turned into a make-believe classroom with desks, books and chalkboards.

She says she used to ask her teachers at school for extra dittos to use in her pretend classroom at home.

Today, Laura is no longer dreaming about teaching. She's well on her way to a career as a teacher. She recently was an assistant for third-grade teacher Betty Bloomfield at Linton Springs Elementary School.

"This experience has only strengthened my career decision to teach, and is certainly preparing me for the future," said Laura, a senior at South Carroll High School who is studying child development.

She was able to be a teacher's assistant through the student internship program at South Carroll.

Laura is one of many South Carroll students who choose internships in addition to their academic studies.

"The internship has not only shown me how rewarding and wonderful becoming a teacher is, it has also shown me the undesirable parts of teaching, such as the enormous amount of planning that goes into a single day of school," she said.

Laura learned this lesson first-hand after spending many hours planning a science lesson on the growth of seeds.

Kyle Brengle, Career Connection coordinator at the school, is instrumental in developing partnerships between local businesses and students who express the desire to intern in a particular career field.

Brengle has placed students in internships working in the areas of automobile technology, veterinary science, marketing, computer support and networking, law enforcement and drafting.

He has found interns are generally serious about the career field and usually have positive experiences.

Job Shadows is a tool Brengle uses to offer students the opportunity to visit career-related work sites.

A student will typically "shadow" an employee of that particular business for a day, observing and asking questions to see what the career field is like.

Brengle said sometimes after a Job Shadow experience, "it's not uncommon to have the student say, `I'm glad I went, now I'm not so sure. Maybe I'll look elsewhere.'"

Hall of Fame

Ten Mount Airy residents will be inducted into the Mount Airy Museum's Hall of Fame during an evening celebration March 20.

A seven-member committee reviewed more than 30 nominations. The intent of the Hall of Fame is to honor deserving people, living or deceased, who by work, service, voluntarism, word or deed, made Mount Airy a better place.

Half of this year's honorees selected for induction have served on the Mount Airy Town Council. They include Harold "Mac" Molesworth, Henry Runkles, and William E. Wagner and Herman "B" Beck, who are deceased. R. Delaine Hobbs serves on the council now.

Other inductees are: Betty Ifert, who worked closely with council members and mayors during her 50-year career as clerk at Town Hall; Andrew Mason, Jean Colburn, Asa Watkins, and the late Gilbert Buckman.

The dinner and ceremony will be held at American Legion Gold Star Post 191 on Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

Tickets are $20 and a limited number are available to the public.

In addition to the induction of the honorees, the winner of the Mount Airy Outstanding Person of the Year Award will be announced.

Proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Mount Airy.

Information: 301-829-0489 or 410-795-1122.

Birdseed sale

Mount Airy's Audrey Carroll Wildlife Sanctuary is sponsoring a birdseed sale.

The wildlife sanctuary promotes environmental education, habitat restoration and preservation, and good stewardship of natural areas.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the wildlife refuge.

The birdseed may be ordered by mail. Order forms are available at the Mount Airy library branch and Mount Airy Senior Center.

The birdseed is expected to be available for pickup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at Prospect United Methodist Church, west of Mount Airy at Woodville and Old Annapolis roads.

Information: 301-831-5060 or 410-795-6546.

Spring baseball

Time is running out to sign up children to play baseball this spring.

Children ages 5 to 18 are invited to register for Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association's spring baseball program.

Final registrations will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Airy Middle School, 102 Watersville Road.

Information: Pat Bostic, 301-831-7532.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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