I worry about the youth of today who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Most of them, anyway.
But I don’t worry about the kids at Lankershim Elementary School in San Bernardino. They are in good hands.
Gail Shaw is coordinator there of the most awesome career awareness program ever. It’s not just a Career Day, like most schools put on. No, it’s called a Career Awareness Week — a whole week, mind you — and it has been held each June for the past 17 years.
This year’s edition began Monday with an assembly program featuring musical entertainment and a pep talk by San Bernardino Councilwoman Virginia Marquez.
The action then moved to the classrooms where a huge cast of local working people has been taking turns all week visiting with students and talking about their jobs. The schedule includes more than 150 presentations, representing an amazing variety of vocations ranging from chaplain to farmer to engineer to restaurant manager to cop to disc jockey to public relations specialist to fire fighter to professional musician and many more.
I took my turn earlier today, speaking to about 60 third-graders about the news business. They asked good questions, and nobody fell asleep.
Who knows, one of them may grow up to be a journalist. Hey, he or she can take over this blog! I’m sure I’ll be blogged out by then. But I’ll be happy to let one of those sharp kids from Lankershim take over.