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Local Businesses Visit Northtowns
Northtowns Academy students recently peered through a window into the lives of business representatives of various job fields.

The inaugural Kid Biz Career Day saw a wide range of professionals from across the business spectrum. Educators in the Work-Based Learning program came up with the experience as a way to bridge students’ classroom instruction with real-life job experiences, thus applying their learned skills outside the academy’s walls, according to Katelyn Gentner, a teacher for the program.

“We want the students to be excited for the new Work-Based Learning program, which was created to help students earn CDOS credential for graduation,” she added. “As a result, we thought that hosting an annual kick-off event would encourage and inspire them to start wanting to plan their careers.”

The day began with an assembly, where guest speaker Sammy V. connected with the students through his enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation to “find your true purpose in life and do what you love.”

Afterward, students broke out into small groups and visited the different business representatives and entrepreneurs who were set up in various classrooms. The visitors spoke about their businesses, what inspired them and their successes and failures. In addition, they offered more words of encouragement, most notably to never give up on one’s dreams.

Many speakers brought hands-on activities, free samples of products and job applications to help spark the students’ interest in the unique job market that exists in the local community.

Guest business representatives who attended the Kid Biz Career Day came from Rollie Pollies, Doggone Raw, Anderson’s Frozen Custard, Kissed by Kay, Paint the Town, New Era, and Brothers of Mercy. In addition, former Northtowns Academy teacher and current entrepreneur Travis Hale shared stories of his real estate endeavors.

Alex Watts, manager of Anderson's Frozen Custard, speaking to middle school students.

Samuel Violante (“Sammy V”), inspirational speaker and life coach mentor, speaking to high school students at Northtowns.

Gregory Rollins, co-owner of Doggone Raw, showing all of the different types of raw dog food they make as Donna Rollins, co-owner of Doggone Raw, pets their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Bosco.

Jarael Adams, owner of Paint the Town, demonstrating how to paint a beach.

Kaylene Adams, make up artist and owner of Kissed By Kay, demonstrating a makeover on Anaya Cruz, High School Student.

Arlene Adams, assistant principal of Northtowns Academy, and Dana Marciniak, public relations director of New Era, draw names to raffle off hats.

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