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Ten students from Walker Valley High School recently participated in a field trip to visit various industries in the community. The purpose of the day was to empower students to utilize resources in …
Ten students from Walker Valley High School recently participated in a field trip to visit various industries in the community.
The purpose of the day was to empower students to utilize resources in the public that were created to assist its residents in some way, in hopes that students will comfortably access each of these establishments upon entering the so-called "real world."
The group ranged from freshmen to seniors and are from Pam Earnest’s and Jade Morgan’s classes.
The day began at 8:15 a.m., loading the cold bus with much anticipation and excitement in the air. Smiles and giggles were on the faces of each student, as well as the four chaperones, and of course an obligatory “selfie” was taken to commemorate the start of a memorable day.
Stop No. 1 was the Charleston Post Office, where "Ms. Gloria" led the cluster to the work area in the back. She explained how the mail is organized, the different carrier routes, information about P.O. boxes, and numerous other services the Post Office offers members of the public.
The students were engaged and intrigued, most especially by the variety of stamps both old and new. As the tour progressed and questions were answered, there was an abundance of exclamations from the students, including “Wow!” and “So cool!” abounding.
The next stop was Farm Bureau Insurance. In twos or threes, students met with various agents to discuss the basics of insurance, as well as the different types of coverages that are available. Along with candy, students were given a Farm Bureau cap before they departed. Ms. Beverly was a huge help in making this visit possible!
Stop No. 3 was the Bradley County Election Commission. "Ms. Mimi" showed students maps of the different districts in Cleveland; many found out the area in which they reside.
She also described the requirements for how one would run for public office, if he or she so desired. Four senior students who either are or will be 18 before the next election eagerly accepted the opportunity to apply for their voter registration cards.
Following this, the class arrived at the Social Security Office, where Tina Griggs handed each student a folder containing materials which explained the types of services offered. Students were given a question and answer time where they were able to make inquiries about their own current, personal situations, as well as possible scenarios for the future.
After lunch, the group reached Southern Heritage Bank. Students were escorted by Branch Manager Cindy Martin to the board room where they sat in fancy chairs and were treated like VIPs. The necessities a person must have in order to open an account were discussed with students.
They were then given the opportunity to make a deposit with a teller to experience how a transaction works, trailed by a demonstration of the coin machine. The learners were also shown the process of receiving a debit card and using the ATM. As the students departed, they were given goodie bags that made for a perfect end to the day.
The ride back to WVHS was filled with conversation about favorite moments of the day, things they learned, people they met and plans they have for the future.
Each student was given a taste of the real world in a fun, hands-on type of way where they were treated as valuable members of the community. Each of the places visited can, as an adult, seem tedious and the furthest thing from fun. However, as students that are eager to learn about being an adult, it was a thrilling day.
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