Northwest Middle pupils learn how to interview


November 29, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORE THAN 180 Northwest Middle School pupils recently got a taste of the real world when they participated in mock job interviews courtesy of some real employers in Taneytown.

The program was part of a language arts careers unit developed by eighth-grade language arts teachers Holly Fuhrman and Gayle Sands.

As part of the unit, pupils research and write about a career they may be interested in, Sands said. In the past, the teachers would interview the pupils.

"We talked this year and had the idea of asking community members to help us out, to make it more realistic and to introduce potential employees to potential employers in the community," Sands said.

Three weeks before the mock interviews, Nancy McCormick, Taneytown's economic development director, and Tammy Haines, Carroll County Business Resource Center, paid a surprise visit to the pupils to give them tips on what to do and not to do during an interview.

McCormick said she and Haines spent about two hours with the pupils, doing a mock interview with each other.

"Tammy was interviewing me and I was doing all the things you're not supposed to do, like picking my nose," McCormick said with a laugh. "Then we picked kids out of the audience to see if they were paying attention."

Sands said she and McCormick began calling around Taneytown asking for employers to volunteer to do the interviews. Those who agreed included Antrim 1844, TLC Daycare, Adelphia, Crouse Ford, Westminster Union Bank and the city of Taneytown.

Two pupils, Nick Tarbert, 13, and Alee Diamond, 13, shared their impressions of the interviews. Both said they are more prepared for any future interview.

Alee interviewed with TLC Daycare.

"I learned what to do," she said of the experience. "I feel more comfortable now if I go into a real interview."

Nick interviewed with Crouse Ford and hopes to land a part-time job there in January when he turns 14.

"They told me about a course I could take so that when I turn 14, I could do some limited work," Nick said.

Alee said the process was so helpful that she'd like to see it done more in the school.

Equally impressed was McCormick.

"This was a real learning experience for me," she said. "These kids were awesome. I even had two boys who dressed in shirts and ties. I would like to do this every year."

Thanks are in order

Members of the Service Learning Club of the Community Learning Center at New Windsor Middle School collected more than 800 items for a food drive they sponsored to aid the city of Westminster's Human Services department, said Anna Rio, who runs the center.

The center provides academic support and enrichment programs four days a week after school. Rio said the Service Learning Club wanted to do a project to help support the community in Carroll County.

"This group elected to do a food drive based on research they had done about depletion of the food pantries for the various outreach programs in Carroll County," Rio said.

She said the pupils came up with a way to promote the food drive and a list of items they were looking for. They got their fellow pupils motivated by turning the drive into a contest, complete with the winning grade to get a free pizza party.

Winners of the food drive will be announced in next week's column.

Christmas cottage opens

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe will open its doors at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the heart of Uniontown. The shop, which will be filled with homemade wreaths, ornaments and more, will remain open until 9 p.m.

The Christmas cottage will also be open Sunday and Dec. 8, 9 and 10. The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The cottage is at 3336 Uniontown Road.

Christmas bazaar

The Piney Creek Church of the Brethren will have its Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at Teeter and Ruggles roads.

Christmas tree lighting

Don't miss Taneytown's Christmas tree lighting, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the city lot off Baltimore Street next to the Country Kitchen.

Activities will begin at 3 p.m. with a parade from the Taneytown Shopping Center.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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