Oakwood Students Get Inspired

In Mrs. Renda's kindergarten class students were treated to creatures of the creepiest crawly type.
In Mrs. Renda's kindergarten class students were treated to creatures of the creepiest crawly type.
Lea Tyrrell spent some time telling excited students what it’s like to be a TV News Anchor.
Lea Tyrrell spent some time telling excited students what it’s like to be a TV News Anchor.
Ms. Finnegan’s first-grade class got a free lesson from Mr. Heier- a Tennis instructor
Ms. Finnegan’s first-grade class got a free lesson from Mr. Heier- a Tennis instructor
Architect, Mr. Noonan, uses his iPad to demonstrate how he turns building plans  into 3D projects.
Architect, Mr. Noonan, uses his iPad to demonstrate how he turns building plans into 3D projects.
Ms. Kelly’s second graders enjoy Ms. Virgil who captured their attention as she used her real estate skills to find the perfect dream house on her real estate website.
Ms. Kelly’s second graders enjoy Ms. Virgil who captured their attention as she used her real estate skills to find the perfect dream house on her real estate website.
In Ms. Finnegan’s first-grade class, Mr. McCann- an EMT shows how an oxygen mask works.
In Ms. Finnegan’s first-grade class, Mr. McCann- an EMT shows how an oxygen mask works.
Colin Murphy with his Dad, a real estate developer, showing a slide presentation of his day on the site of his latest construction project.
Colin Murphy with his Dad, a real estate developer, showing a slide presentation of his day on the site of his latest construction project.

The well known ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ took a turn for the best during April when Oakwood’s SBM committee came up with 'Take Your Parent to School Week'.

Parents were invited into classrooms to discuss their careers and the interesting lines of work they experienced on a daily basis. During their short presentations, parents introduced their jobs and discussed exactly ‘what they did all day’.  Some presenters used modern technology (iPads) to display slide shows they had created focusing on the responsibilities of their jobs. 

One presenter brought in an edible sample of his job – bakery goods!  We had a seamstress who brought in finished pieces of work she had sewn – puppets and clothes.  In one classroom, the presenter, a real estate agent, took the children through her real estate website to search for the students’ dream home. A police officer brought in the tools she needs to defend herself and the public. Our banker described various jobs in a bank, what banks offer, and how banks help the community.

Oakwood was a hub of activity as kindergartners, first- and second-graders were visited by architects, contractors, an artist who painted faces, an inventor, retail buyers, a local news anchor, hair stylists, firefighters, a camp counselor, an audiologist, a lawyer, electricians, nurses, and a real estate developer who built structures in the city that cost millions!

Throughout the demonstrations, our parents not only presented interesting facts and information, but also answered numerous questions asked by the attentive and inquisitive students.  These captivated audiences were given words of encouragement and inspiration by their dedicated parents and were told they could be anything they wanted.  Take Your Parent to School Week was a wonderful experience enjoyed by everyone. 

A special thank you to all the ‘brave’ parents who came in to share!