Career Fair is an event where students can visit various companies and learn about what each company offers and what kind of education is needed to work at each company. The main purpose of the Career Fair is to give students an idea of what to do after college. According to Timothy Johnson, a tenth grader, he states that “the career fair gave me more knowledge about certain professions and instead drove me away from fields I would not have enjoyed.” A few companies had tables and presentations set up in the gym and students walked around visiting each table that piqued their interest. Some of these companies included, Walmart, veterinary services, plastic surgery, YMCA, etc. When Chantel Taylor, an eleventh grader, was walking around the career fair, she mentioned, “I gravitated towards the plastic surgery, and the Wegmans’ station.” The Career Fair not only presented possible jobs to have after college, but it also stressed the importance of having a career after college. Courtney Grady, an eleventh grader, best explains this concept by noting, “I believe it is important to get a feel for what you are interested in and which fields you may want to work in.” Even though Timothy Johnson and Courtney Grady did not believe that this experience would help them after college, they still are grateful for the opportunity of knowing what each company has to offer. In essence, the main intention brought forth from the Career Fair was to “start now, because the future comes faster than you expect it to.”
Mr. Collier and other teachers and faculty have done many things to celebrate Black History Month through powerpoints, displayed artwork, jazz choir performing, and jazz band performing.
Here are a few Black History facts that you may not know:
- Wally Amos was an African American entrepreneur that founded the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand.
- Martin Luther King was assassinated on Maya Angelou’s birthday. Maya Angelou would send flowers every year to Coretta Scott King instead of celebrating her birthday until Mrs. King’s death.
- Romare Bearden was an African American artist that drew scenes of the American South and African American life. (www.theartstory.org/artist-bearden-romare.htm.)
- African American performer Josephine Baker smuggled military intelligence to France during WWII by pinning secrets inside her dress and hiding the messages in her sheet music.
- Benjamin Banneker was a mathematician, scientist, surveyor, naturalist, farmer. He along with Andrew Ellicott helped survey the land of what is now Washington D.C. With his knowledge on astronomy, he wrote a series of almanacs. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p84.html)
- Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and activist that founded the National Council of Negro Women and served as president of the National Association of Colored Women. (https://www.biography.com/people/mary-mcleod-bethune-9211266)
- Chester Arthur “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett was one of the most famous and important blues singer, songwriter and musician. His work influenced the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
- Daniel Hale Williams was an African American doctor who opened the first hospital, Provident Hospital, that allowed both blacks and whites to work there, 1893. Also, he is one of the first physicians to successfully perform full pericardial surgery on a patient. (https://www.biography.com/people/daniel-hale-williams-9532269)
- Paul Cuffee was a Quaker living in Massachusetts in the early 19th century; he was one of the wealthiest men of color during this time. He and his brother gained the right to vote in Massachusetts because they owned land. Cuffee helped take free blacks to Africa, specifically Sierra Leone. (http://www.paulcuffee.org/about/mission-history/paul-cuffee/)
- Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest HBCU, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, established in 1837. Quaker Philanthropist Richard Humphreys donated money to establish this institution. (https://hbculifestyle.com/oldest-hbcus-in-the-united-states/)
To learn more about Black History, here is a cool site to use: