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11Alive's Randy Waters Attends Career Day at River Eves Elementary
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11Alive's Randy Waters Attends Career Day at River Eves Elementary

ROSWELL, GA -- Randy Waters, a sports anchor for WXIA/11Alive, was one of nearly 30 professionals to attend River Eves Elementary School's fourth annual Career Day on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Randy shared stories about the lifestyle of a reporter, including the commitments and rewards that come with success. He even revealed that he once worked on a special assignment for 30 hours straight.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students pre-selected three topics that interested them and participated in corresponding sessions to learn about different careers. Their excitement about their futures was palpable.

"These students tremendously enjoy learning about careers they may wish to pursue in the future," said River Eves principal Neil Pinnock. "Exposing them at an early age to many different vocations opens their eyes to a lot of different possibilities in a comfortable environment. We are very grateful to all the professionals who shared their valuable time and insight with our students."

The career presentations were far from a mere "sit down and listen" experience.

Students who attended the pharmacy discussion used a pestle and mortar to crush SweeTarts candies and learn about measuring medications.

A visiting acrobatics dance instructor turned cartwheels and even taught a student how to do one.

A chiropractor demonstrated how his muscle massage equipment worked -- on the backs of consenting students.

River Eves students even learned to match fabrics and color palettes with an interior designer, and listened to a veterinarian discuss how regular care extends the lives of pets; the vet used a dog and a parrot in a demonstration.

"Career Day is one I am truly passionate about," said Linda Patton-Rowles, a River Eves counselor who also sponsors the annual event. "This is our fourth year running the program, and each year it gets bigger and better. It provides such a spark of imagination for our students about what they might want to do when they graduate from high school and proceed with their secondary education endeavors."

The job paths represented at Career Day ranged from artistic to athletic to scientific:

* Acrobatics Dance Instructor
* Advertising Executive
* Bank Manager
* Chef
* Chiropractor
* Dentist
* Dog Trainer
* Engineer
* Fireman
* Flight Attendant
* Gastroenterologist
* Interior Designer
* IT Director
* Lawn Care Business Owner
* Lawyer
* Military Armed Forces
* Pharmacist
* Photographer
* Physical Therapist
* Scuba Diving Instructor
* Short Story Writer
* Sports Anchor
* Sports Writer
* Tennis Instructor
* Theater Director and Performer
* Veterinarian
* VP of Finance

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