• It's all in a day's work as 7th graders explore careers

    From mechanical engineer to fashion designer to elected official – A spectrum of careers was represented when Hamburg Middle School hosted its first Career Fair in January for seventh graders to explore occupations. Thirty-four occupations were highlighted as students rotated for an hour through stations in the cafeteria, gym and auditorium, hearing about the professions and interviewing the presenters. Each student met with four presenters for 10 minutes.

    The Career Fair was organized by the school’s Counseling Department. The goal was for students to walk away from the program with a greater knowledge of their fields of interest, as well as an awareness of what it takes to be successful in the work force.

    The morning began with State Sen. Marc Panepinto as keynote speaker. He urged students to choose a career where you “love what you do” and spoke of his path from fast food worker, construction laborer, union organizer and lawyer to elected representative. Knowledge and experiences gained in school lead to future opportunities in the work world, he said.

    -- Jan. 14, 2016