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Career Fair Brings Inspiration to Sarah T. Reed High School

November 19, 2011


By Tiffany Montano, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Sarah T. Reed High School 

On Thursday, November 10th, Sarah T. Reed High School’s very own Mrs. Perry (our spectacular librarian) put on a career fair.  The entire school halted classes from 9:15 to 11:00 A.M. for each classroom to be visited by two speakers with prestigious credentials in their respective fields.  The career fair brought a diverse collection of professionals including a federal court judge, a Tulane professor, a political pundit, a lawyer, a physician, and a business man, and an engineer for Entergy (to name only a few).

These speakers took the time out of their very busy schedules to talk to our students about the importance of foresight, planning, doing well in school, and believing in one’s self.  After the presentations and questions, the presenters and students were invited to the library to inter-mingle and go into more depth about personal passions, goals, or adversities. 

What really made the career fair, however, was how engaged the students were.  Personally, I was concerned that the students would demonstrate a certain degree of apathy, but this was not at all the case!  When Mr. Perry (J.D.), Mrs. Perry’s son, charted the average salaries of certain professional positions and compared them with the average income of a drug dealer ($15,000), he gave the students the opportunity to think about these real life issues in a culturally familiar way. 

This being said, our students hardly need such a context to think critically and seriously about their careers.  Corps Member, Quinton Stroud, reported that one of his students – we’ll call him Jack – was on the edge of his seat.  Jack is typically completely disengaged in class; either his head is down or he is walking around the classroom distracting his peers.  Not today.  Jack was asking so many questions that when he realized he was the only one asking anything, he turned to his peers, asking, “Well?  Don’t y’all have any questions for the man?” 

Our hats go off to Mrs. Perry for being the most extraordinary librarian around and for raising the bar.  She wasn’t required to put on the career fair but she did because she cares about the students here at Sarah T. Reed High School.  Mrs. Perry gave our students the great gift of exploring career options, determining what they need to get there, and gaining a spark in their eyes that only comes when they realize, even just for a moment, that their futures are bright.



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