Jacobs wants career day to open school year

POSTED: 05/29/12 1:16 PM

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has called for a career day to be hosted at the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year. The event should target sixth graders and be used to motivate them and give them an “added boost or encouragement to set goals and strive for them from the beginning of this most important year in their school careers.”

Jacobs’ proposal was made at the 3rd annual Career Day for the sixth graders of Public Schools at the Senior Citizens Recreational Facility in Hope Estate on Friday May 25. The minister applauded the school guidance counselors for organizing what she considers a much needed event for the students.
“These students stand to gain the most from all the encouragement and push they could get from all involved, especially events such as these which saw cooperation between school and the community,” Jacobs stressed.
Later she’d add, “You can be anything you want to be if you BELIEVE, use hard work, determination and always show respect for self and others.”

Friday’s event began with a prayer, a song by the M. Genevieve de Weever School Choir and an address by the Head of Division Public Education Services Glenderlin Davis-Holiday.
A release states that the students were eager and enthusiastic about the career day, excitedly took part, listened to the presenters and asked question of those who had taken time out of their busy schedules to give back to the youngsters. Booths were manned by the Fire Department, Department of Health and Hygiene, Ambulance Department, Coast Guard, Imbali Center for Creative Movement and the Arts as well as other organizations. Prichard Gibson showcased Photography, while Culinary Arts was represented by Sous Chef Renata de Weever who actually allowed the sixth graders to prepare a delicious meal.

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